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Old 10-14-2014, 08:58 AM   #1
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What kind of car was this?

Next to a shade tree I stop at while mountain biking. Typical pile of rust, but as a gear head, I would like to know. Its been here at least a couple of decades, so time and a few brush fires have obliterated all casting marks. The i.r.s. and disc brakes make me guess European (duh...), seems too big to be a compact, as in Triumph. Jaguar perhaps?
If it's something of value, perhaps a restoration is in order. Looking at it objectively, it doesn't really need that much...







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Old 10-14-2014, 09:21 AM   #2
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Looks an awful lot like my Dad's Triumph TR4A with independent rear suspension.
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Old 10-14-2014, 09:24 AM   #3
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Bumper looks like a '60's to '70's Mercedes...
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Old 10-14-2014, 09:25 AM   #4
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bumper looks like a '60's to '70's mercedes...
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Old 10-14-2014, 10:31 AM   #5
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Try some of this on a corner spot out of sight just to see if you can save the paint.

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Old 10-14-2014, 10:36 AM   #6
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It's definitely a Mercedes, my guess would be a 114 chassis.
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Old 10-14-2014, 11:17 AM   #7
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It's definitely a Mercedes, my guess would be a 114 chassis.
How did you know that?

My google researching seems to be pointing toward you calling it correctly. Nice work!

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Old 10-14-2014, 01:27 PM   #8
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Cool. I looked up the 114 on Wikipedia, and learned that the 280SL still used swing axle rear suspension. Those Semi Trailing Arms are a lot better than that.
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Old 10-14-2014, 01:38 PM   #9
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As usual, you guys answer the question, even though it did take 5 hours...
So it looked something along these lines -



Every time I see a rusted out chassis, I picture that day way back when someone was accepting the keys from the salesman, and getting ready to drive their new baby off the lot.
Gracias.
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Old 10-14-2014, 07:06 PM   #10
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Seems like a big heavy car to have a Rotoflex couplings in the drive shaft. I had one of those go bad in my BMW 2002 back in the day.

Of course Ford GT40 used them in the half shafts. I believe Porsche 917 may have also. Those only had to last a day.

Lotus Elans use them in the halfshafts. They can wind up and get real springy.
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Old 10-14-2014, 07:12 PM   #11
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Just my $0.02 but that is probably a bit too far gone to save.... Might as well let it rust in peace...
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Old 10-14-2014, 07:20 PM   #12
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Every time I see a rusted out chassis, I picture that day way back when someone was accepting the keys from the salesman, and getting ready to drive their new baby off the lot.
Gracias.
I always think that as well. I guess we are both romantics
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Old 10-16-2014, 08:47 PM   #13
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...rust in peace...
That's a good song.
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Old 10-16-2014, 09:27 PM   #14
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Just my $0.02 but that is probably a bit too far gone to save.... Might as well let it rust in peace...
Crashed, abandoned and burned in a brush fire. Sell it to Gas Monkey
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