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Vehicle: 1972 280SE 4.5 "Kenyatta" , 1972 280SE 4.5 "Arabian Gray"
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W108 4.5: Engine Removal and Re-Installation.

What a great place this forum has been...learned a lot and inspired me to continue with my projects.

I recently found a clean 1972 280SE 4.5 with a seized engine that is in much better cosmetic condition than mine is, and purchased it. The plan is to take the engine out of the cosmetically-challenged car and put it into the better looking car. In a nutshell, every thing that I needed to address in my car, this car already had done....So I took the cars to a guy that seems to have extensive knowledge on these cars, and has worked on them when since they were new, and he recently started taking the cars apart.

My original car with the good engine obviously has some rust on the manifolds that needed a lot of working (read WD40) and looks like I might need some new manifold gaskets according to him, the bolts managed to come off but it seems welded together with rust.

The newer car has the seized engine, and since it will not turn, it is causing my mechanic untold headaches, especially when it comes to removing the torque converter...it appears the only other way to take it off involves working from the other end and jacking up (the newly rebuilt) transmission and that means more labour than originally intended (read $$$)...and that leaves me with a

Anybody with experiences with such situations to help us along our way will be greatly appreciated...will go and have a look at the car this Sunday and maybe scratching my head while looking into the engine bay might help...maybe not by much, but every little bit helps. The necessary gaskets and engine mounts and filters and most hoses have been bought to aid the project along but I will also take stock of what the situation is and replace as needed.

...meanwhile, all my other (non-MB) cars are deciding to act up, wish this project was done already!

Thanks, comrades.
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