I am considering converting my Mercedes 1976 240D and had many questions. I will start with the ones that come to mind first:
(1) I heard that Merecedes pre-1980 used rubber seals in the engine and that VO might wear down these seals faster (ie. lowering life expectancy of engine). Is this an issue I should be concerned about?
(2) I am in the habit of buying quality over convenience and was wondering is it better to convert the car using separate parts obtained online (thereby getting the best parts money can buy) or going with the conversion kit (everything in a neat package but not necessarily the best)? I understand this may depend on how the car will be used and I guess the best way to put it is, I will use it for in-town driving and the occassional(1-2 times a year) long distance haul (~300 miles).
(3) If you recommend buying parts separately is there a good item list that someone has compiled with corresponding locations to get the parts? OR if you recommend the kit, which company do you recommend (Greasecar, Frybrid, etc.) and why.
Note: in my opinion of the kits, Greasecar looked like the best balance of price and quality but I was alittle concerned about their small gas filter. Plus I emailed them with a bunch of these questions and they didn't respond!
(4) Anybody living in Northern California and has recommendations for where to get VO either through company or online? I will get it from a restaurant or somewhere if necessary, but I would much prefer to get it delivered or have a clean source to tap into since my main reason for converting the car is for the environment (and not necessarily to save a ton of money).
Anyways, that is about all the questions I have, please respond with any ideas.