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Old 07-31-2006, 10:12 AM
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85 190D suitability for WVO conversion

Hi,

I may be going to look at an '85 190D. It's a bit of a drive so I have a couple of questions that I couldn't find answers for with a search. The only 190D that I have ever looked under the hood of was an 87 turbo a few years ago.

Is the engine iron block/iron head like the W123?

Is there enough room under the hood for a large WVO fuel filter? (preferably behind the driver headlamp)

Any other issues for WVO conversion?
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Old 07-31-2006, 10:16 AM
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I don't think 190s ever had iron heads.
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Old 07-31-2006, 01:16 PM
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Hi,

I may be going to look at an '85 190D. It's a bit of a drive so I have a couple of questions that I couldn't find answers for with a search. The only 190D that I have ever looked under the hood of was an 87 turbo a few years ago.

Is the engine iron block/iron head like the W123?

Is there enough room under the hood for a large WVO fuel filter? (preferably behind the driver headlamp)

Any other issues for WVO conversion?
If the car is equipped with ABS, it will be extremely difficult to get the filter assembly behind the driver's headlight.

The block is iron, the head is aluminum.

I can't think of any other issues with WVO conversion other than the norm...
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Old 07-31-2006, 01:23 PM
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190d

The om 601 head is aluminum. The engine compartment isn't as "open" as a 240D but there is still alot of room on either side of the engine. It has the compartment within a compartment like the later mercedes models for sound deadening. The trunk is huge given the size of the vehicle. In my opinion, if your going to go alternative fuel it seems like the best option given the excellent mileage these cars already get on a gallon of diesel.

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Old 07-31-2006, 02:10 PM
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Now that my wvo is finally 'finished'...I see no reason you have to put the filter in the engine compartment.
My next mb conversion will have the vo filter mounted on the vo tank in the trunk.
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Old 07-31-2006, 04:43 PM
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I am a little spoiled. I have electric injector line heaters, FPHE, coolant and electricly heated filter with Racor 1000 element under the hood with HIH to the trunk and a heated fuel pickup. I can switch over to WVO in under 2 miles even in the winter. I want to get the same performance on my next conversion too.
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Some former WVO vehicles since ~1980:
'83 Mercedes 240D
'80 Audi 4000D
'83 ISUZU Pup
'70 SAAB 99 with Kubota diesel
'76 Honda Civic with Kubota diesel
'86 Golf
Several diesel generators
All with 2 tank WVO conversion
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Old 07-31-2006, 06:29 PM
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I don't think filter in the trunk will affect switchover times.

What temps are you getting?
I have 6 feet of HIH, FPHE, electric wrap of racor filter and I am getting 160 to 190F before the IP depending on how hard my motor is working.
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Old 07-31-2006, 11:35 PM
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Just curious, are you looking at the one in Charleston, SC?

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