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New 380sl owner

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I just traded my old Coleman camper for what I believe to be a pretty decent '85 380sl. I am looking for a good place to possibly buy some engine parts. My car runs and drives but has a lot of miles, 334,xxx, and it smokes. I'm trying to decide if I want to rebuild the engine or replace it. I am also interested in whether or not I can replace the current 3.8 v8 with a larger v8 from a different model MB. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Don't even think about rebuilding that engine. You'll have 3 to 5 grand in it. I doubt you could do it for less. And those 3.8's weren't particularly desirable. ! Find a takeout, preferably a 4.5, 5.0 or 5.6. Rowdie can fill you in on all the nuances. Unless you have cash to burn, or a major love affair with the car or your own machine shop that's your only way out !
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