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560SL vs. (560SEL & 560SEC) Engine Differences

I have an '87 560SL that could certainly benefit from a fresher engine replacement. I have seen several statements in the past that the engine from a 560SEL or 560SEC would work well in my 560SL "with slight modifications". I have no idea what, specifically, this means.

Does anyone have a link or can provide some specific insight as to what "slight modifications" would be necessary to make this engine swap work?

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RE: 560SL vs. (560SEL & 560SEC) Engine Differences

Having been under both cars, I'd imagine the "modifications" start with the shape of the oil pans. They are different looking so as to clear chassis cross members in different positions. Also, one is one-piece and othe other is two, with a removable lower portion. I'd guess the modifications include a pan swap which would seem straightforward. My parts guide says both pan gaskets are the same...so it would be easy. But don't quote me 'cause I've never done it. I'd suggest starting your research with the oil pan
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RE: 560SL vs. (560SEL & 560SEC) Engine Differences

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Having been under both cars, I'd imagine the "modifications" start with the shape of the oil pans.
They pretty much end there as well.

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RE: 560SL vs. (560SEL & 560SEC) Engine Differences

Yup -- just swap oil pans and you should be in business.
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RE: 560SL vs. (560SEL & 560SEC) Engine Differences

Try this link
http://www.carcentric.com/MB2MBswap.htm

It should give you all the answers you need [:)]
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Wow -- great link London.
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