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Date registered: Jan 2007
Vehicle: 1976 450SL
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I just came across this thread, so I am going to backfill a bit.
Early in the thread there is mention of a VW A1 rack & pinion. There is also a question of whether power steering was available. Somewhere in the back of my barn is a '87 VW Scirocco 16V, with power steering. The Scirocco was an A1 chassis until at least '88. I believe the Cabriolet also had P/S (after all, it is a girls car, with 85% female ownership) That was an A1 chassis car until the first body change, I think that was '92.
There is mention of plastic engine blocks. Can't beat 'em. I have had one for the SBC for about 20 years. It's original purpose was as a display item for chrome valves covers, oil pans, etc. It is out on loan to a friend now.
Somewhere in my stash. I have an engine swap "guide" from the late 70's, or early '80's. In there is a 108 converted to SBC. I don't have it at hand, but I recall that it was fairly simple. It did require a sump,and pick up,from an early 60's Nova/Chevy II. Those are standard "hotrod" items and are availableinthe aftermarket. I think it used a Powerglide, or Turbo 350. "Jaguars That Run" offers an adapter from the GM tranny to the MB dirve shaft. If I can find that book, I will scan it and post it.
I can't confirm this, I got it second hand from OZ, a 250C coupe will accept 450sl front and rear subframes as a "bolt in". My local bone yards are littered with those. So,if you are thinking of a conversion of one of those (I am) it looks like you can get V8 suspension, and brakes, for them.