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Date registered: Oct 2002
Vehicle: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb
Location: Los Angeles / Altadena
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No surprise at the price of the engine, Mercedes Poole wanted £400+ for the distributor cap alone.
Someone on the forums and on ebay had maybe 80 of the correct distributor caps and was selling them for $100 each. I bought one as a spare. I don't remember who it was but if you search this forum and peachparts I think you will find it.
The cost of rebuilding the engine is huge, but it's not because it's basically a 300SL engine, it's because basically it's a very complicated engine with lots of very expensive parts and is labor-intensive as well. Some of the parts might have to be fabricated. Whoever said $30,000 to $50,000 is correct I think, and getting a spare good engine is certainly worth it if you have one available.
Currently: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb, 1965 300SE Lang, 1971 280SE parts car, 1972 Alfa GTV, 1965 Alfa Duetto, 1993 BMW R100R
Past: 1971 250 C, 1985 300 TD, 1967 250 S, 1968 280 S,1981 300 D, 1982 280CE, 3 Facel Vegas, Borgward Isabella Coupe, Alfa 2600 Sprint, Volvo P1900 (yes), numerous less interesting Volvos, ...