Months later, finally getting around to buttoning up the 220D swap.
My friend who's helping me with finishing her up is a fabricator and we have considered cutting up the factory filter housing to use as a relocation base. It's already the right size, with the right bolt to be used.
The crossmember contacts the bottom 1/3 of the filter, so that's all that really needs to get lopped off. In doing more research I found out I'm missing the plastic disc that goes on top of the filter to actually get oil to flow properly through the filter. The original plan was to beat up and hack up the filter housing/filter/crossmember to make it fit and call it a day. Doesn't seem possible.
Also, because the filter housing is from a 240D, and we can't find a suitable place for the oil cooler to mount, we blocked off the ports.
Could this be the solution to our problem- unblocking said ports, running hoses from the in/out ports and relocating elsewhere? Lop off most of the filter housing and get a different bolt to affix it?
I haven't quite accomplished figuring out how the oil filter housing works, the flow of oil and all that. Without that plastic disc (unobtainium) I'm kinda up shit creek.
In other news, we've cut out a chunk of the firewall and we're starting to draw up how to fabricate the new tunnel and shifter base. Once that's good to go, we have all thread of the correct size to thread into the shifter end links and can cut to fit exactly where we need to mount the shifter. A few bucks at Ace Hardware to fabricate exactly the parts necessary or a $75 non returnable gamble at the OEM MB part being correct length. We'll see how it goes!
Oh and because the OEM fan/clutch setup was going to probably stick out too far and contact the radiator, we've gone with an electric fan. Looking at fan switch temp senders to put between the top radiator hose and thermostat. Additionally, I would love to see the factory engine coolant temp gauge work, but it could be broken somewhere near the cluster, and it's a PITA to get to. Really hope that isn't the case