OK, I guess I'll just try it then. The worst that can hopefully happen is I will have to tear it apart. I got the chain and tensioner so I'm gonna have a stab at rolling it in. I will search through here to find out if I should leave the tensioner in while I roll it in.
Also, this car has is a 5spd and has an oddball balancer on the front of the driveshaft that is broken, but Benz won't sell it without the front half of the shaft, which is $800 for the assembly.
Has anyone ever eliminated one of these things and just balanced the shaft? Thanks.