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Old 09-29-2010, 08:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Swap a 2.6L engine in 4 cyl 190E?

Has anyone done a 2.6L conversion on a 4cyl Mercedes? These engines seem to be plentiful. The 4 cyl is pretty good for me but where I live the car is too old to get emissions so i can basically put whatever I want under the hood. Its a 5 spd. How difficult would it be? I assume no fabrication? are we looking at removing the front end to slide the engine in? I guess it would be best to get a wrecked car? Shortened driveshaft? same 5spd trans will bolt up? according to the EPA, its only a 1 MPG hit.

I thought it might be a good winter project

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Old 09-29-2010, 08:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The radiator, cross member, AC condenser, hood latch, flywheel and a few other parts are totally different.
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Should be a fairly simple swap since it's all bolt in basically. No fabrication work needed if you have a good 2.6 donor car to get parts from.

That's really a good idea and one I think I'm going to look into further. I might swap my engine if I could find the right 2.6 car that's wrecked and cheap.
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A 6 cylinder dual mass flywheel will be the hardest part to find.
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If you're going to go to the trouble of fitting a six cylinder, you might as well drop in the 3 litre M103 engine from the 300E if you get them over there. Fairly common conversion in New Zealand.
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The radiator, cross member, AC condenser, hood latch, flywheel and a few other parts are totally different.
the springs and struts, ecm, and wire harness. and the cross member on the 2.6 is welded on instead of bolted. I would think you need new motor mounts also. another thing is the horn location is different. this is what I can think of at work but i bet there is more.

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If you're going to go to the trouble of fitting a six cylinder, you might as well drop in the 3 litre M103 engine from the 300E if you get them over there. Fairly common conversion in New Zealand.
+1 on that there is no reason to do the 2.6 when the 3.0 would be the same amount of work with a better results in the end.
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