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Date registered: May 2012
Vehicle: 1989 560sl, 1973 220, 2009 ml350
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hi there, this thread is how a found this forum. having pretty much the exact idea from the original post, chevy 350cid v-8 into my 73 220. having measured the available space in the car it will only just fit, but there are a couple of other concerns that come up as i consider what i'll be demanding of the remaining original parts.
i see the suspension has already been discussed, but would the springs be all that is needed to support the new load? used parts won't be easy to find as i'm in texas, but i have one or two old connections so it might be possible. also stabalizer bars, is there a similar enough model with beefy sway bars to be fitted to the 220? i might be american but i do like to turn corners sometimes :P
afterthought on the springs, might there be airbags available that would fit this little car? hmm, this may end up a total frankenmonster...
on to the next point which is the other end of the car, namely the back axle and driveshafts, how much horsepower can those handle? i'll have about 400 hp coming from the engine if i don't downtune it, and i'd rather not do all this work just to frag the rear end. also what is the gear ratio in the typical 220's rear diff?
thanks for any info and answers. and i'll try to remember to get some pics, starting with the car as it is now and moving through the project.