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post #131 of 162 (permalink) Old 05-04-2014, 06:12 AM Thread Starter
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post #132 of 162 (permalink) Old 04-09-2015, 05:25 AM
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Hi Pagodino, and others interested in modded classic Mercedes.

I have long been interested in owning a W111/2 coupe, and the possibility of using it as a daily driver.

Recently I purchased a modified 220SE Coupe. It has been fitted with a Chevy 350 motor and 400 transmission. It has disks all round. It looks very nice and drives quite well.

I would be interested in any comments on the car - its mods, any others I should consider. Also the pros and cons of daily driver use.

I live in Connecticut, and am interested in meeting other coupe owners, also looking for parts suppliers - new and used and also a source for manuals.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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That looks like a nice car. i'm no fan of the push rod chev and I know 1st hand how much effort is required to install one into a Mercedes chassis ( note the highly modified sump) .You will only need a chassis and body manual for that car, which are available from the Mercedes Classic center in Irvine , California. Engine and trans info is available anywhere in the USA. i wonder what diff ratio it has?. most mercedes rear ensds are far too low for Chevs unless you want to blast from traffic light to traffic light.
Have fun,it looks like a great driver! .
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350 i an awesome motor !


that car rocks !
is it a crate 350 ?
do you have the build sheet ?
I had a 78 Camaro with a 350, I had plans to do a crate motor.

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The diff does not have an oil tube which means it is a 6cyl diff. I would install a 3.27 from a 280se 4.5 to drop your RPM. Very clean conversion and nice car-not the usually hack job.

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Thank you for the replies.

I do not have a build sheet. I have not ID'd the motor yet, but I don't think it's a crate motor.

As to the diff, I suspect it is from a 250SE.
The car does around 70+ MPH at 2500 rpm - which seems OK, what do you think? I will check the tach is reading correctly!

Appreciate any and all advice.

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Looks like a fairly clean drivetrain swap. Might be cool to install a polished M117 air cleaner assembly, with the added bonus of being able to run a snorkel up front for a cold air intake.

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Thanks for your posts.

I have been going over the car and it does indeed have a crate motor - a 2002 GM 350 (330HP), a GM TH700R4 transmission (4 speed overdrive), a later 3.27 disk brake differential, thermostatic electric fan, working AC, and runs on 6.5" x 14 bundts.

So whoever put this together back in the early 2000's knew what they were doing. All the class of a W111 coupe with some Go!

So far I am very happy with the car, tho the idea of fuel injection is tempting...

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i would use a v6 engine .
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i would use a v6 engine .
WTF? Another random gem from agillot. I think you mistook this thread for twitter.

John, the car looks great and I bet it sounds nice too! There are always articles in Hot Rod and Street Rodder magazine about FI conversions on carb motors. You can go the easy route with a bolt on system that looks like a carb but is FI and basically self-tunes (just need an O2 sensor I think), to a full on FI system with fuel rails and nozzles etc (megasquirt, BigStuff 3, Atomic etc). The last issue of Hot Rod I got (maybe 2 months ago) had an article in the back where a guy had a chev truck that he had a shop convert to EFI. It barely ran, and 3 shops had no luck in getting it to work. So the magazine helped him get it fixed up. A guru in the US managed to guide them over the phone to sort it out. It was interesting to read about how the original shop had screwed it up so badly, but now that it was fixed, the guy loved it.

My recollections from reading the various articles was that the bolt on systems (like FAST) are a slight improvement over carbs (easier cold starting, better throttle response) but economy and power were not much different. The full systems gave better everything, but obviously cost more and are more complex to set up - need to know car weight, engine, cam, dif ratio, tyre diameter, and what you want (power, economy etc). They really need a dyno to fine-tune everything.

Hop on one of the web sites such as this (Electronic Fuel Injection - Street Rodder Magazine) and search for fuel injection.
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