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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-19-2010, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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Picked up a 1976 240D

I recently picked up a 1976 240D for the cost of towing with the hope that the engine swapped out in 1998 with the Mercedes engine exchange program will serve as a replacement engine in the future. It had been sitting for??? but the PO claimed they had been working to get it back on the road. They had the engine running when I went to take a look (not happy about that), but with 3 flat tires, bad battery, steering pump removed, rust and other issues it needs help.
I had it towed to the house, got some tires on it, drained all fluids, changed all filters, checked brakes etc... 5 gallons of fresh B10 bio-diesel and I got it running well enough to do a few miles in the neighborhood for the past few days.
I will do a valve adjustment and compression test this weekend and see where I stand on engine condition.
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Well, after way too long...I finally did the valve adjustment and compression test today and results are very good:
Cyl 1 - 380
Cyl 2 - 380
Cyl 3 - 375
Cyl 4 - 360

I will re-check the valve adjustment on Cyl 3, but with good compression numbers I am ready to start removing the engine for the swap. Does anyone know if the service manuals cover this??? Thanks.
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