Before anyone starts in with the OM616 love, I'm not exactly unfamiliar, and I've bored many with my odes to this often unloved motor. However, my girlfriend hates the fumes enough to make her want to throw some money at the car, or perhaps a different one.
As I understand it, the four speed is stout enough for a real world engine, if anything I'd be doing something on a pretty tight budget, so stock engines and their associated power outputs.
So, to the pertinent questions:
- Which engines have the same bell housing pattern as the OM61X engines?
- Would they fit without having to shorten anything? (fours and V8s might fit this description, 6s I'm sure wouldn't)
- Any particular favorites? 'Gotta-haves'? I seem to recall that in the mid 80s MB started going from essentially a 'vintage' to a 'modern' bell housing, but this might have just been the OM61X to OM60X transition.
I particularly like the idea of the later 4.2l DOHC engines
I'd just like to get a conversation started on the subject and let a few folks chime in. Seems the 240D stick is one of the only manual trans Benz project cars around, diesel helps me avoid inspections, every rear gear ratio I could want and enough cheap spares to have an open, high geared, daily driver rear and the 240D's low geared pumpkin welded up for having fun with both wheels spinning (hopefully).
I'm open to doing a rev-vy, four cylinder that'd be 'willing' in the twisties but somewhat decent on gas (assuming this car remains my DD)
A relatively balls to the wall V8 swap. I wouldn't mind just finding a good junkyard LT1, throwing a carb and distrubutor on it, and bolting it up with an adaptor plate. But if I can find a MB V8 that'd relatively bolt in, sure, why not.
Figure I'd probably do a junkyard level project with it if I decide to just go buy a 318ti or something as a DD.
BTW, the car in question is an 80 240D that likely would have been sent to parts car heaven by anyone getting quesy about all of this happening to a sacred Benz. I saved it from oblivion at the hands of a teenage Mexican lowrider enthusiast, and believe me, if you really want to hear about it, ask his dad, the diesel mechanic. The car was clean, stock, and white, and now needs springs (even the cut ones that'll eventually go under there will be engineering and saftey works of art compared to the plasma cut ones in there now), my flat black Rustoleam Ultra job is practically a restoration compared to the 'custom, Holmes' paint that was on there...don't get me started on the interior.
Plus, it's a non-sunroof car.
I just like the 'old car ness' of the looks combined with the relatively modern driving experience. I've driven the snot out of these cars before and I always wondered what it'd be like, you know, MB, stick, and a motor that actually wanted to play, and not 'play - for a diesel'. It's all there, relatively. Maybe even bolts in, sorta, for all I know.
So, let me know