The Bondo job on the headlight surround seems to have been successful. Looks a lot better now, though it is a solid painted item. Am doing the other one now. I thought about having my wife paint a 'bloodshot eye' effect, but I don't know if that's a great idea or not. Anything has got to be better than the interior moss and globs of dirt that I had.
The kickdown solenoid is now clicking for sure, and the backup lights definitely are on (they share a fuse, along with the horn). Next test drive I'll know more about the shifting. I can't believe that a 240D doesn't normally start in 1! -- Jim