Date registered: Mar 2013
Vehicle: 1967 Fintail 230S
Location: Miami, FL
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1967 230S Motor versus 1968 250SE Motor
Hi all. I have never been too happy with the "sluggish" performance of my 1967 230S Finnie, which has a 4 speed on the floor and twin Weber downdraughts carbs. The car seems slow in city driving, and noisy at idle. I have long dreamed of installing a DOHC 2.8L Euro spec motor from a SLC (with my carbs, if such an intake manifold exists) while retaining the 4 on the floor.
I have come across a totally rusted 1968 250SE with the FI straight six, and automatic tranny. The car looks like it hasn't been started in over 10 years. Is it worth buying this motor (about $400), freshening up the bottom end, and installing my head and carbs on it?
Is there any benefit to using this 1968 2.5 bottom end versus retaining the 1967 2.3 bottom end, or should I just stick with my 2.8L dreams?
Some of the things I am comparing are torque, horsepower, refinement, parts costs, compatibility of parts, anything else? How about the W108 2.8L motors? Are they worth upgrading to versus the 2.3L? Would my Finnie head be compatible to the 2.5L and 2.8L SOHC blocks?