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Old 11-13-2002, 02:13 PM
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Question 380 double row conversion procedure?

Still working at solving my engine problem in the 82 380SL. I have my engine out and about to put on a stand. Which brings up a couple of questions.

1. Should I be concerned about hanging that aluminum block engine on a regular engine stand? Seems like a lot of stress on the casting at the four attachment points (all on the upper half of block).

2. I may end up replacing this engine. If a donor is found and it is a single row chain I would want to put my double row chain setup on the replacement engine. I don't have all the items off of the front of the engine yet but I am puzzled by how the front of the engine "comes off" to access everything you need to do to convert to the double row. I guess what it all boils down to is "Can you convert to a double row timing chain WITHOUT removing the heads??

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