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Does anyone know of a conversion kit ( and where to buy it) for the 190e? It doesn't need to be a V8, (although that would be nice) Just something with more power and torque. I don't even mind if it's a non MB engine. (What can I say, my favorite car, which I've owner since I bought it from the origional owner in 1974, is my 1966 Sunbeam Tiger, and no it's only close to stock). Thanks, Bruce
 

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this is no help, but i recently put a 5.0 ford motor in an 87 volvo 245. if i were you i w...

this is no help, but i recently put a 5.0 ford motor in an 87 volvo 245. if i were you i would consider supercharging or turbocharging the engine that's in there now. much much easier and much less expensive.
 

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The reason I was considering a conversion.

Just after I bought this 190e, (about 200 miles) I noticed what I thought to be a weird low frequency gear(?) noise, like the 3rd member going out. What I found was the timing chain had been moveing forward on the cam gear. At this point there are only nubs left on the gear teeth. Just before I bought the car, Norm's auto repair in San Jose did a valve job. Norm's 90-day 'guarantee' has expired, and he claims that he only did 'a valve job, the gear and chain had nothing to do with that'. I think he knows better than that, he just doesn't want to be a man and stand behind his work,(or should I say his lack of workmanship). Since I don't have a receipt for this work, (he does admit to doing it), and the seller, as far as I can tell wasn't aware of any problems, leaves me screwed.
Having said that, and considering the cost involved with that engine, a conversion looks attractive. However since I go to a university full time and try to limit my work hours to no more than 40 hours a week, I simply haven't the time to design and build everything necessary to convert it. At this point I'll probably just have the damn thing fixed unless I find a convenient cliff...
Thanks for your thoughts, Bruce.
 

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Get an Evolution II kit, I know I would if I had the money. Twice the power of the orig...

Get an Evolution II kit, I know I would if I had the money. Twice the power of the original 190. Something around 233 HP. Not sure where to get it though :(
 
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