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Old 10-10-2006, 12:19 AM
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Engine swap, 617 to ???

Just asking out of curiosity, my 216,000 mile plus 617(300CD) should be fine for a few decades by all reports. But what diesel could I swap to for more power, without a computer, if there is such an animal? My guess so far is an '86 603. Also would the engine bolt in, or does it have a different transmission bolt pattern or require custom engine mounts?
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Old 10-10-2006, 02:34 AM
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603 requires a computer for emission control (can be disabled) and idle control (possibly can be overridden).

I'm don't know if a 603 will bolt-up to your 722.315 transmission. I don't know if any 603 transmission has a gear drive speedo to work with your gauges.

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Old 10-10-2006, 09:31 AM
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Well if you get the om603 you should transplant the transmission with it.

If you don't want computer you r pretty much stuck into super boosting the 617 you have. Intercooler, beefy IP, Variable vane turbo... should take you to 250lbft (enough to surprise more than a ricer out there).

We need to pool our collective minds to design a crossflow head for the OM617.
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Old 10-10-2006, 09:50 AM
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how about a 5.9 or larger cummins?

they have massive weight, and are a bit larger than our 617's but they are not computer controlled, and they do have more HP and Tourque than the 617... I bet one could be made to fit into a 81 and up SD with some firewall mods... better keep the transmission too, and this would sure test the durability of the MB rearend... aught to upgrade the tires with this setup, otherwise they won't last long... SMOKIN!
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Old 10-10-2006, 10:22 AM
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We need to pool our collective minds to design a crossflow head for the OM617.
A 617 with a iron crossflow head would be just about ideal wouldn't it? Especially if you could use all the stock parts and just add the one crossover tube. I am seriously considering the variable vane turbo. Full boost, even at stock levels, from off idle to redline alone would make an impressive difference in a 617.

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aught to upgrade the tires with this setup, otherwise they won't last long... SMOKIN! John
Think of the tires as a torque limiter. You can have a 700ftlb engine and keep the stock axle/transmission happy, as long as you don't get traction. But if those tires ever do grab... SNAP!!!
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Old 10-10-2006, 10:53 AM
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yep! i prefer changing tires from time to time than having to replace an entire rear axle. Flex discs could alo be a very recurrent maintenance item in this set up...

I think to problem with a truck diesel engine would be height more than width or length of the engine bay. My 116 engine bay is longer and wider than my bosses Duramax but this one is a full foot taller!

Remember that a W116 has had 6.9 liter v8 all iron engines...
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:38 PM
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Drop this in. :fork_off:

http://portland.craigslist.org/clc/pts/216899595.html
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Now I'm no diesel expert, though I play on on TV, but that looks to be a semi engine. 300HP, 1200ftlbs torque, and weighing about 3500lbs... am I close? That might require a little more modification than I'm looking for.
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Old 10-10-2006, 03:23 PM
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Dat ist ein Truck engine... wicked!!!

BTW: Allison=Semi
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Old 10-10-2006, 03:27 PM
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You can shoehorn a 603 engine in there... one of the Finns did that in a green 123 (there's videos of it around here somewhere). Or maybe it was a 606, either way, it's possible if you're willing to expend the effort. If you just want more power, intercool the existing 617 and have the pump tweaked by Myna Diesel.

The W124/603 combo has a 722.3xx tranny with a gear drive speedo. Sadly, only the V8 engines in the W124 had electronic speedos... this makes it awful when changing gear ratios, or dealing with a wobbly needle that refuses to go away even with a new, properly routed cable.
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Old 10-10-2006, 03:28 PM
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Now I'm no diesel expert, though I play on on TV, but that looks to be a semi engine. 300HP, 1200ftlbs torque, and weighing about 3500lbs... am I close? That might require a little more modification than I'm looking for.
Just add stiffer springs to the front!
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If you just want more power, intercool the existing 617 and have the pump tweaked by Myna Diesel.
I was thinking about an intercooler, a variable vane turbo at stock or only very slighly higher pressure, and then probably quitting with about 180-200HP and full boost from off idle to 5000rpm. Should be a great daily driver with suprising acceleration.
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You can get 180-200hp without a VVT, and it will be far easier... I don't know of anyone who's gotten an aftermarket VVT setup installed & working well on a MB diesel (yet). Remember, to get past about 150hp on the 617, the injection pump will need to take a vacation to Finland for a few weeks...

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Old 10-10-2006, 04:23 PM
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I want a VVT for it's ability to make boost throughout the rpm range. You know, little turbo = no HP, big turbo = no bottom end.
I had heard the stock pump was good to 200-225HP.
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Old 10-10-2006, 04:29 PM
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The problem with VVT is that you need to control it. How do you plan to do that? The factory VVT systems are computer controlled. Also, who said the stock pump was good for 200hp? No way...! AFAIK, once you get past 20-25% power gain, it won't idle anymore.

Myna Diesel replaces the 5.5mm pump elements with 7mm elements and calibrates it so the engine will still idle. Once they do their magic to it, the sky is the limit... pretty sure the Finns have gotten 300-400hp from the 617. (I know they have gotten 450hp from a 603 and over 500hp from a 606...!)

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