Well, the bay is large enough to take a Mercedes V8, so something non-Benz would probably fit as well. What did you have in mind?
In my younger years (and I'm talking DECADES here), my dad and I put a Mustang 289 into a 108. There were issues with the steering linkage, but Dad overcame it with his own custom rig. He chose the Ford engine because the oil pump was located in such a way that the front cross member didn't present an issue (Chevy engines of his choice had oil pumps in the wrong way).
If you do this, take a lot of pictures and document your pgoress. Folks like me might copy you!
Thanks for the response!
I actually have been given a super cherry 70 280SE by a relative, sitting since 1988, only like 60k miles. The engine seems to be seized for whatever reason, but I am thinking in the long run that servicing this motor will be a pain to chase down the not so common parts. Plus it doesn't have a whole lot of power. I'm sure there are more problems too just from dry rot right now, even though everything looks perfect since it was stored in a garage.
I have a shop and do a lot of Lexus work, so I have a few of the Lexus 4.0 V8 motor/transmissions lying around. That should match with that chassis pretty well as far as smooth driving and so forth, but the only problem is this v8 is on the wide side since it's a dohc. It's actually wider than like a SBC or SBF, and has caused issues in the past with steering and frames on some past transplants I have done.
Luckily even though I'm in CA, all pre '76 cars have no smog checks, so I can do what I need to with the manifolds or what not, but I'm just wondering since I took a quick peek and it looked like a bunch of steering crap things down below (obviously I didn't take a good detailed look!)
The mounts are not an issue, I have a full fabrication shop here, but I just don't really want this to become some huge difficult project.
My other option is to part the car out or fix it as-is, but again, it was free, and I don't want to spend too much time or money on it if I dont' have to. I just thought it would be a cool toy to putt around in once in a while - especially since it's mint inside and out.
The Lexus motors have two different pan setups, a front sump and a dual sump, I have motors with both, so I'm sure there shouldn't be too much issue with the crossmember (I'm hoping!)
So do you recall exactly what issues there were with the 289? I just would like to hear any and all input, just to help me think about this further before I jump into it. It was dark when I peeked, but was this a steering box car? I think it was I saw a bunch of "stuff" but again, I didn't even bother to look closely.
The car should arrive tomorrow or Wed on the tow truck and I can better assess it, but I just want a headstart.
(More likely than not, I'll have a complete motor/transmission with accessories for sale soon!)