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Old 06-04-2008, 10:26 PM
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617 transplant into a 380se?

Ok, I found an 85 380se for $300. Body is just a bit nicer than my SD and the interior is way nicer.

So how many little things that you forget about does it take to swap in a diesel in place of the gasser? If its too much work I will just strip the interior and take whatever else is better from the 380.

Originally intended to just use the trans from the gasser for its internals to rebuild mine but after looking at the car its going to be a donor for some other things too.

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Old 06-04-2008, 11:43 PM
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If they're both 126s it all should swap across. I think the speedo may be a problem if you keep the 247 rear end in the car.

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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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Old 06-05-2008, 10:10 AM
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You'll find the engine shock to be on the opposite side of the crossmember on either left or right side, I don't recall.
The glow plug relay wiring will need to be swapped into the gasser chassis or install a manual switch/relay.
Ignition switch fuel cutoff will need to be swapped to the gasser.

There may be some driveshaft work involved.

It's been done many times before. Use the search feature and see what turns up.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:07 AM
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Search for posts by me Icefire, its pretty straight forward.

takes about a weekend if your a pretty good wrench.

1984 Euro 300SDC, (4spd standard)
1986 Toyota Landcruiser Diesel HJ60 5spd X2

Gone but not forgotten (some sold, some stripped)
1983 300 SD, 1985 300 SD, 1983 240D, 1986 300 SDL, 1985 300 SDL, 1983 300 D, 1984 300 D, 1985 300SD, 1987 300 SDL, 1983 300 SD, 1985 300 TD Euro, 1983 380SEC, 1990 300 D, 1987 300D, 1982 300D, 1982 300D, 1994 E420, 1987 300 TD, 1987 300 D, 1984 300 D
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