been a long time, but im on my way to completing a 617 turbo swap.
Pulled out the original motor (dont worry, this was sold to a guy to get another 114 running)
and dropped in a motor out of a 1980 300SD-
lots of issued getting this motor to fit, but its finally in there. Mated it to a W201 overdrive 5-speed using a welded bell technique to adapt the gearbox and using a 38lb 300D flywheel.-
Im using a 3.46 diff out of a 300D NA. The OD ratio in the 5-speed is at or around .81 to 1. Im hoping for a really nice balance of acceleration and top speed with this diff and transmission arrangement, however, I do have a 3.07 diff also to try if I don't like it.
Moving back to the engine compartment, im using a 115 long runner intake, and I have a beautiful T5/T4 hybrid turbo for it, this has presented a big challenge to get fitted in-
(does not fit like this, as sourced from a forum member)
I needed to bring the turbo up a bit, so I made this S-pipe, but thats not going to work, too low, needs to be remade, but ultimately something of this nature will be made to fit the turbo-
Th idea with the S-pipe and support structure is to mimick the design cues from the 115 intake, which is cool looking. I might make it exactly like this but at the appropriate height, or try my hand at making a header, which might be fun.
for wheels, Im going vintage looking BBS-
and a grey interior. (everything was mismatched and wrong anyway except for the door panels-
Ultimately, on the outside, im looking for a dark green, maybe a british racing green or a forest green, something tasteful, and im doing a side trim delete.
The look I want to go for here is "vintage rally" I might do a racing stripe, but this is all super long term stuff now. Gotta get it actually running first.
Here is the car immediately before going under the knife-
Also sourced some beautiful euro headlights for it, so im getting kinda psyched about getting it running-