I hate to brag, but as far as I know, I am the least qualified person in the world (and throughout all of world history) to even consider the possibility of restoring a car. So, I would turn the bulk of the project over to pros for everything requiring mechanical aptitude of any kind (I am able to wash a car like nobody’s business and I can add fuel.) My question for you guys is this: if I can find an honest, competent mechanic, do you think it might make sense to restore my 1982 300SD Turbo? The body and frame and interior are filthy but sound; it has very little rust. I’ll need the whole nine yards for the engine, glow plugs, injectors, etc. She has about 260,000 miles on her, but I’d like to get her back in operating shape to drive occasionally. It has been 10 years she I drove her and she hummed along beautifully back then and always did. I will do whatever I can to reduce the labor costs if I decide to fix her up and I’m would be in no hurry to complete the project.
If you have experience along these lines or thoughts about what I should do, I’d appreciate your input.