Date registered: Nov 2010
Vehicle: 1988 Mercedes 300CE, 1998 E430(sold), 2000 S430, 2003 S55, 1998 VW Golf(sold)
Location: Toronto Canada
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Schrodinger's Cat Update AKA 2003 S55
So this has been a rough install. Mostly I think it was due length of time the engine was out.
So the issues of the install
1 Heads took way too long to be serviced
2 Engine took longer to build
3 Engine took longer to install
4 Torque convertor miss aligned( actually it was not the threads on the torque convertor I could not see as the suspension dropped and the car was low)
5 Support bracket that runs from the tandem pump to engine mount was installed while engine was out, so I had to remove it to get the AC compressor in. Was a pain to remove and a whole lot worse to put back in
6 Mount the power supply for the starter alternator on wrong bell housing bolt so have to remove it
7 Exhaust flange right the one copper nut popped out so trying to install the copper nut and get the bolt in nuts
8 Left exhaust flange was a B*T*H(still have one bolt to get in)
With all this said all I can say is Schrodinger's Cat is alive and very healthy!
So with one step forward and 6 steps back I figured I am going to fire it up. Took way too long for the tandem bracket, exhaust flanges and wasted time on the torque convertor for nothing.
So I was very frustrated and was loosing it, still not sure if I should have built this engine up or used my old one, it was hot, no room under the car and the list goes on. At this point pretty much everything under the car except for one exhaust bolt was hooked up. No coolant lines are installed, AC wire/one bolt needs to be installed, no tandem pump tank installed or any lines bolted to the oil pan. I said to my self I am going to see if it will run or not, because if it is dead/loud off to auction it goes. Well I spun the engine over with the fuel pump fuse pulled. Put the fuse in and it spun a bit more without firing. Turned off the key tried it again it sprung to live. Valves and timing chain pretty noisy. Let it run 30-40 seconds. Shut it off. checked around all looked good, fired it up again let it run a little, shut it off fired it up one more time ran fine. So I let it sit fired it up once more and gave it a bit of a rev sounded nice, shut it off fired it up engine ran silent. No lifter noise sounds very strong. Noticed smoke coming from under the car. Look and one of the transmission lines(driver's side) was leaking. Funny thing is I never touched these. Tightened it up used brake clean to clean up all the fluid stop leaking, noticed right one is slightly leaking. So I need to deal with that tomorrow. While under I looked for leaks from the engine have an oil leak at front corner bolt driver's side lower pan.
So tomorrow coolant system assembly, tight right side transmission line, tighten AC compressor/attach wire, install tandem pump tank, fan shroud/ fan, air boxes and belts. Then I will let it run for a while. If it runs properly I will take it off the car ramps and pull it out so I can clean where it sat to finish the under items left.
The engine sounds so nice and could not believe how easy it started. I hope this is a good sign but till it runs for a bit with coolant I will not know.
We will see what happens tomorrow one hurtle at a time.
I would rather push a Benz then drive anything else.
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