BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: May 2012
Vehicle: 1989 560sl, 1973 220, 2009 ml350
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so i looked at the diff under the 220 today and compaired it to my 560sl's dif, case appears the same (different service plate, but bolt pattern looks the same) and the axles look about 1/2 to 3/4 inches thicker! i guess i'll trust it to take the abuse, but then the question on gear ratios, anyone know that off hand for the auto trans? also for the '73 450sl auto trans diff?
another thing i realised today as a chevy engine was getting prepped for shipping with its orange paint, what would be an appropriate color to paint the engine as it is going into a benz? 30 minutes of browsing google images i found one merc engine with paint, a '35 that was mars red, too close to chevy red for my plans (don't want it immediately identifiable as a gm product wedged into this fine german car, experienced gearheads will know it, but i want it to take a moment to catch on.) so anyone seen a mercedes painted engine? meaning painted by mercedes, i think i remember some machine grey washing off of my old '80 300sd's valve cover, but that was a decade ago, and i was owner #14 or so. (colors i know to be popular on chevys, thus i want to avoid, orange, red, black, blue [dark sky blue], and a green from the days of I6's)
and finally, looks, i'm thinking silver for the paintjob and light grey interior, nice formal look that won't show dirt or scratches as readily. but i'm also thinking a race stripe or something to break it up. likely to omit the body line trim pieces, but thinking if i do that it may look pretty cool if i matte black the chrome that isn't the bumpers, just that little chrome to make its shine so much more special (not to mention hide the scratches/scuff marks on the rest of the trim.)
basically what would you do looks wise on a vigorously modded 4dr 220? extra note, missing hub caps so assume stock 14 steels with fresh black paint and chromed lugs, wheels won't fit my budget for a while yet unless i get the 450, then expect 15 steels, i think.
thanks soo much for the advice and sharing of knowledge, really glad i found this place, looking like i'll have a german/american frankenmonster maybe sometime early next year. grubeguy i found the pics/vids about gwunta's car, epic win! no twin turbos for me lol, but that is a sweet ride! and joeSEC you got me to investigate the diffs further, thanks for the many hours you have likely saved me, if you're in east texas sometime i feel i owe you a beer for that and doubting your obviously superior knowledge on these old birds.
one last note, not sure about any final updates but in searching for engine paint colors i found a project webpage for a similar build called mercules, pretty sweet looking ride/project, worth a look