But still waiting on the machine shop. Its lookin' like I could get the replacement block back next week. It wouldn't make that much difference though, because i still haven't gotten my parts in yet.
Here's my progress as far as last week.
I started with the easy part,, the exhaust ( so I thought). After the air cleaner, I started to take off the turbo. No problems until I had gotten to the lower left exhaust bolt. Seriously, what a pain in the ass. I used everything in my arsenal, but i just couldn't get a good grip on it. So i made my own tool
I took an old crappy 3/8ths drive breaker bar and cut it down to 7 inches long. Even reused the handel. Then rounded off the edges to fit the profile of a 17mm socket.
worked perfectly!!! Perfect low profile 3/8 drive breaker bar, it's a keeper
The level of engineering put into this car is constantly surprising me. The way the intake and exhaust fit together is real slick.
With the exhaust gone I started unbolting everything from the cylinder head.
the opperating table part II
Unfortunatley i forgot where i had gotten a few nuts and washers, resulting in my first *?* label
this will never happen again
That being done it was time to drain the block. Again, mercedes thinking of everything and having a drain plug for the block! AWESOME! I wish more engines were designed this way, so much easier and less messy
Everything is clear, time to take off the head
But... thats about as far as i got before my compressor tripped the breaker. My buddy wasn't home at the time so it was time to call it a day.