I hope this thread gets some responses Pagodino. Whilst my work is not to the standard of the companies you have mentioned, I have a few sedans and a 250Se coupe that I have in progress.
a) My daily driver is a 1963 220S finny sedan that I have put a W108 280S motor and trans into. Not too hard, just a few little things such as:
- transmission wiring is now further back and on the left
- carb auto-choke needed some wiring
- slightly shorter front tailshaft
- hybrid speedo cable
- W108 trans crossmember
- brake booster hose lengthening
I also ended up switching a W108 disc brake rear end into it to get a better gear ratio.
b) I am sticking a 450SE V8 motor (from a W116) into a 1965 220SE sedan. See Finny build-up pictures by drew56cus - Photobucket
for some pics (starting at page 4 and working to page 1). Some work includes:
- welding in a bigger transmission tunnel from a W108 280SE 3.5
- using the 280SE 3.5 steering box, diff and bigger ventilated brakes
- custom handbrake mechanism to clear the engine better
- Vintage air A/C system
- currently working on a hybrid finny/W108/W116 wiring loom to make it all work
- custom dash, replacing the wood with a stainless steel checker pattern
- VDO gauges out of an Australian built 1970's Dodge truck (they have the same little concentric circles on them that the clock and coupe ones have)
c) I have a 1967 250Se coupe that I am fixing up too, as it was smashed by the previous owner. I am unsure of what way to go with it - just keep it stock with a nice metallic anthracite paint job and new black interior, or customise it? I got the car pretty cheap, so losing value would not be an issue for me. Some ideas I had were:
- I have never liked the wrap around rear glass - I think it interrupts the flow of the C pillar (compare it to the cabrio profile - sorry for the fuzzy pic). Maybe I should modify the roof to accept a smaller rear screen from a differnt car. Or cut the roof off entirely and make a new lower lift-off hardtop roof with a rear screen I do like.
- I would like the car to sit lower - but if you lower the rear end, the camber of the wheels goes out of whack. I was wondering if you could modify the rear crossmember that the big 'rhino horn' of the diff mounts up into. If you could raise that mount point, then the diff could move up higher whilst keeping the camber correct. Do any knowledgable engineering types have an opinion on that?
- Mercmad 6.3 reckons it would be better to weld in the whole rear end from a W123 for better handling and ability to be lowered. He is getting a coupe soon, I wonder if he will try it??
- Not a huge fan of the rear tail lights either, I think they are too small. Great on the pagoda, not so great on the bigger coupe.
- maybe do another V8 swap
- I too saw the Cox racing products and was interested in them
d) Just fooling around
Mucking around with roof chops, bigger fins, and splitting the front bumper to make the grille more prominent. Alas, the cost of custom glass would prevent such crazy ideas from ever bcoming reality...
Drew in Oz