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Curiosity About Replacing Engine

I drive a diesel Mercedes 1980 300sd, this isn't a plan for anything near future, but I heard that I could replace my engine and all that for a newer engine and get much higher performance. Since it is diesel it does not have to meet or be tested for emissions, but would putting a regular gas engine in it change that? Has anyone heard/seen of people doing this?
My thoughts on this if it were possible are once my engine does finally die that I could replace the engine with something with far higher power from a car totaled due to rear end damage. Idk much about the laws involving replaced engines or used engines in vehicles.
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That subject come several times in W210 section and one of the members actually did replace his engine with other (the same) engine. Newer cars have a maze of computers who are often married to each other what can turn into nightmare.
Putting newer, different engine in old chassis would require new mounts manufacred, adapter plate for the transmission, matching rpm and than making the computers working.
Would you put 1000 man-hour to get $2000 improvement?
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So no one has setup an easy or cheap way to do this?
Like using an engine that relies less on a computer (probably a decent but still older engine) or anyone develop a kit where you buy the mounts and go find on your own the specific transmission(s) and engine(s) that fits their kit. Probably too many makes and models of everything out there to really do that effectively though. I am more of a computer guy so idk too much about all this.
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