Project Car SOTU 2016: The Wombat

Yes… the Wombat is still there.
It’s been some time since we last had an update for you on the status of The Wombat. This is our 1984 Mercedes-Benz 300TD that currently has a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 sitting in the engine bay bolted to the oddball 5-speed automatic. It was all plucked out of a wrecked 2004 Dodge Ram, and it’s doing nothing at the moment in our Benz.
Why is that?

Well, our delightful longroof sits in the shop and this shop is busy. We’re the low car on the build pole, so we take a back seat to some of the other jobs. Couple that with the fact that shop owner Mark lost a few folks recently, and he was scrambling to finish his (paying) builds. Now he’s got a fresh team, and they’re nearly caught up on a lot of stuff.
That means it’s nearly time to once again spin wrenches on The Wombat.
That’s it… that’s all the news I have at the moment on this car. It’s been a sore spot in my side for… well shit, years now. I am making it my damn life mission to get this car at least moving sometime before the year is over.
Stay tuned.

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  1. #JailTruck Avatar

    It’s been a long day, without you my friend.

    1. Borkwagen Avatar

      Tell me all about it when you see me again.

  2. CraigSu Avatar

    At least it’s under protective cover from drippings from above.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Are you saying you can identify the metal creature above the Wombat?

      1. CraigSu Avatar

        I wish I could. Certainly not from the drippings. I can barely make out what looks like a right headlamp surround and maybe a left front wheel. Not enough to even make a guess. Maybe Jeff knows what’s been leaking on the Wombat. Hopefully not another Wombat; no telling what their mating rituals are like.

  3. Alff Avatar

    Take the Ram by the horns, Jeff. Think of the series you could write. .. novice builds a rod with the support of a motley group of internet wrenches. I smell Pullitzer.

    1. JayP Avatar

      I smell -something-.

      1. TheOtherMacLeod Avatar

        Something burning…

      2. Alff Avatar

        Yeah. Sorry about that.

  4. Tanshanomi Avatar

    Have you solved the steering issues, Jeff?

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      BUT with his filled up staff, the car is about to get some much needed attention. So hopefully… fingers crossed.