Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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There was one on MBS at one time that had pictures and everything, I searched for it and could not find it. It was a 500SL, I followed the thread intently because that would be a more appropriate swap for my Euro. In that one, the author took pics of how simple it was, illustratating the disconnect points in pictures. He mentioned that Mercedes are designed that way because machine shop labor in Europe is very expensive so it is cheaper just to replace the whole drivetrain as a unit than it is to do the traditional US rebuild thing. You disconnect four bolts on the drive shaft, the motor mounts and take the trim off the shifter, and then lift the car, pull down on the tranny so the assembly is pointed up, and yank it all out in one piece. For the least amount of trouble, the donor car should be the exact same model year. But it really sounds like the way to go, because unlike an American car, I would not hesitate to swap in a merc engine that had mileage in the 100 thousand range if it passed a compression test and looked well-cared for by the owner, and it is not difficult to find cars like that in the affluent parts of Houston that many times the owners are selling at bargain prices because the car is old and not real collectable or potentially collectable like an SL is.
I talked to the two friends of mine from Holland who give me a European perspective on things and mentioned the earlier post on the 420SEL drivetrain, and they reported that yes, that swap is considered the balls in Europe, is lighter and faster and better on gas than a 500 swap. The conversation has really changed my mind on things, as I have seen a lot more nice 80's 420SELs around than I have 500's. Does anyone know if the 80's 420s were grey market cars?
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