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- Joined: December 18th 2009, 11:00pm
- Location: OR
My youngest daughter's first car was a w124 300e that we bought from a family friend for $500. She drove it for a couple of years and sold it to my nephew for what she paid. What an amazing car. It made it through my friend, his two daughters, my daughter, and my nephew.
Emma next wanted a truck and I negotiated a w163 ml320 for her for $1200. Besides putting new tires on it she used it for two years only paying for gas and sold it for the same that she paid for it.
She wanted something new, like her mom's car, so we found her this w204 c300. With a dented door I negotiated the price down to $3k.
As I mentioned, the car had this problem:
The previous owner had an estimate of $2k to fix the door, but I found a factory color door in California on a popular auction site and paid about $300 with shipping to get it to Oregon.
It arrived in a spectacular crate that I had to break down in the FedEx parking lot in order to get it in the Jeep. I brought the wood home and built a shelf and burned the rest.
The door has been in the garage for a couple of months blocking my access to the backyard through the garage. So earlier this week I decided to install the door today.
Mr. Mittens helped.
The biggest job was drilling out the rivets to remove the inner door panel that houses the lock, window motor, and just about everything else.
After bolting the new door on, I drilled out the pop rivets on the junkyard door.
New door is clean and waxed, but is the exact color.
Then the best part of the day was driving to Harbour Freight to but this heavy duty rivet gun.
Best $19.99 spent on a tool for a long time.
Riveted the inner panel to the door. Then I reinstalled the window and locks.
I had a couple of extra bits, but found places to attach them.
It was dark when I finished, but I'll take and after shot tomorrow.
With the door out of the way, I was able to put the trolley with Range Rover's new heads in that spot that allowed me to fit the Maserati in the garage.
Good day, I feel accomplished.