Introducing our new project vehicle: A 1984 Mercedes-Benz 300TDaka The Wombat

The Wombat lead

The plan was to pull the car out into the sun, get some great angles, and provide you with a few beauty shots. Unfortunately, the transmission isn’t cooperating at the moment. This means I’m introducing the new Redusernab Project Car as it sits in my garage. Say hello to our 1984 Mercedes-Benz 300TD!

That’s right, we felt we needed a bit more wagon in our lives. Also, it’s no secret that I’m a fan of the three-pointed star, so this is the best of both worlds in my opinion. This is a W123 with a lot of es … and a few clear minuses. Let’s dive into both after the jump.

The Wombat side three quarter

I found this delightful German longroof by a seemingly constant scan of Craigslist, AutoTrader, and eBay Motors. Finally, I found one that fell within our agreed-upon budget. Okay, so it was a little bit over, but I was planning on bringing my negotiating skills to the table. Actually, I’m a terrible negotiator but I was actually happy to learn that the car was showing signs of a pending transmission failure.

The original asking price was $3,900. Thankfully, the previous owner informed me of the transmission issues and said he would certainly take less if I were still interested. I came up to see the car, drove it, and decided it felt better than I expected. Therefore I didn’t go as low as I had planned. I offered $2,500, and the previous owner said “Yes, that sounds fair”, right away.


I knew I should’ve started at $1,500 and tried to settle on $2,000. Either way the car was acquired for less than we hoped to spend.

The Wombat third row

Now it’s time to talk about what we plan to do with the car. We could leave it as it is and simply repair the transmission while trying to kick the diesel mill up a notch. This is Redusernab though, so we have something a bit different in mind. How does Daimler-Chrysler reunion sound to you? It sounds mighty good to us too…

Stay tuned for incoming amounts of PAH! We will be covering the process of transforming this machine with articles, photos, and video.

Also, why did we call it The Wombat? Well… that’s what the previous owners called it, and we kind of like it. Still, if you have a better name, sound off with your suggestions in the comments below.

[Images copyright 2013 Redusernab/Jeff Glucker]

By |2013-05-16T13:30:19+00:00May 16th, 2013|Announcements, Featured, Project Cars, The Wombat|62 Comments

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Jeff Glucker is the co-founder and Executive Editor of He’s often seen getting passed as he hustles either a dark blue 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 or 1991 Mitsubishi Montero up the 405 Freeway. IG: @RedusernabJeff
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