Date registered: Aug 2009
Vehicle: '72 250C, '74 280C, '85 500SEL, '81 300CD.
Location: Tucson, Az.
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It's definitely "do-able".
95% of the stuff you'll need you already have. Almost everything will be a bolt in deal.
Exhaust will need to be changed but no big deal. Some of the wiring will have to be altered. Nothing major. Some solder, a few bits of 18 ga., some heat shrink.
I think you might have to swap the radiator but I don't remember.
You need to remove the cross supports from the fire wall to fender well. No biggie. 20 minutes work with a Sawz-all and a grinder.
Of course you'll be trading the PITA Zeniths for the POS Solex which is always fun.
The good thing is almost everything body/interior/engine wise is interchangeable.
20+ man hours of labor will get the swap done.
Bear in mind, I'm prejudiced against the M130. I know, I know, 40,000 people swear to the longevity of the M130 but I think it becomes a boat anchor the second it starts giving problems. That's just me and not a jab at you guys running your M130's for 400,000 miles.