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Old 10-08-2009, 09:51 PM
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what to do,do?300d/240d

Hi, My 85 300d only has 140k,auto,turbo runs good,and good trans mission. This poor girl took her final voyage 1 yr ago when I was forced off of highway and took heavy frame and suspension damage to a already rusty to the core undercarriage. Last year I bought a 83 240d for 500.00. It`s a 4speed runs fine and good tranny. Love the new fuel mpg. but feels like a slug. Can I swap engines easily or put the turbo in 240 off of my 300d ? Thankyou , kev ,Gotfree300dman

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Old 10-09-2009, 12:16 PM
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Putting the turbo from the 300d onto the 240d would be the most work and since the 240 isn't designed for a turbo, it would shorten the engine's life. The 4 cylinder isn't going to make as much power as the 5 cylinder would either

Swapping the entire 300 turbo motor into the 240 would be an easier conversion, and give you a better result, both in terms of power AND service life. A conversion like this takes a little fabrication skill though.

The best alternative of all seems to me, would be find a cheap 300d with a good body and a wasted motor and swap yours into it.

That way you keep the 240d in its original condition (some people really LOVE the old slugs and will pay a good price for a nice one), and still end up with a 300d turbo to drive. A straight-across engine swap is by FAR the least amount of work and hassle.
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Old 10-09-2009, 07:42 PM
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Thanks alot for your input. Your idea with finding another 300d has been on the back of my mind. That 300d was a gift and was named by my kids" Hottie Dottie". I`ve already swaped lots of parts over to "Doc" my 240 cause I got to close to a Hippiemorono suv and rear ended it like a dummie. Hood, bumper, etc. I work in a body shop so that is helphful. Lately I've startied Restoring Doc.Going back the orginal s. stage blue,light blue. I really enjoy my slug, just wish it had more getty up! Thanks again , Kev
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Old 10-09-2009, 07:59 PM
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I would want to combine the '85 turbo motor and 2.88 rearend with the 4 speed manual.
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:05 AM
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I would want to combine the '85 turbo motor and 2.88 rearend with the 4 speed manual.

Use a 2:47 rear,and enjoy highway mpgs.
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Old 10-13-2009, 10:18 AM
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I would want to combine the '85 turbo motor and 2.88 rearend with the 4 speed manual.
Thats what I have. You may want to consider a stronger pressure plate.

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