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Old 01-06-2006, 09:09 PM
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Purely theoretical question

Given is the design of a 240 D engine, type 616.916. All the tools, manufacturing techniques (assembly line for mass production) and materials (in large quantities for mass production) of today are available. Would a modern production process with modern materials enhance the over all life-time of such an antique engine, providing it is well maintained all the time? If yes, to what degree? Your ( expert-)opinion is wanted.
quoting 240DieselDog: "...the 115/240D is a better car than any that have since been built - that's *any* car from any automobile manufacturer."
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Old 01-06-2006, 10:07 PM
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yes it does.. they still manufacture and use the 616 in some countries.. and when I bought my 617.952 motor from the factory to replace my old tired motor many items were upgraded (like the turbo ).
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Old 01-06-2006, 10:37 PM
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I had a 1954 Bentley with 140k miles on it. I checked the net for prices. Almost every car I saw with over 150k miles on it had either a new or rebuilt engine. I asked the local Bently expert why should a car that is reputed to go on nearly for ever should have to have a new engine at 150k. He said that the older cars never really went on for ever. That because of the poor quality materials used, esp. in the early after war cars, that they were not very reliable. They lasted a long time in England simply because most of them were never driven that much or that fast. Here in the States they were hammered for long distances at high speeds and basically just couldn't take the punishment. The new Bentlys and RRs are a different matter
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Old 01-07-2006, 12:16 AM
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[SIGPIC] Diesel loving autocrossing grandpa Architect. 08 Dodge 3/4 ton with Cummins & six speed; I have had about 35 benzes. I have a 39 Studebaker Coupe Express pickup in which I have had installed a 617 turbo and a five speed manual.[SIGPIC]

..I also have a 427 Cobra replica with an aluminum chassis.
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