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Old 01-12-2001, 10:34 PM
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Today I was alerted of an '88 300CE with a blown motor. It's red with black interior. Body/interior mint, but a rod is punched through the block. They're asking $1,400 for the car as is. Don't think I can stand to let this one pass! I'd say that if we do some modification, a 560 or European 500 motor should be a nice conversion. Kind of a homemade Hammer! Set it on some Momoblocks and a set of Pilots and hmm, maybe even a 5-speeder for the throws? Will have trailer in tow tomorrow!

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Old 01-12-2001, 11:13 PM
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I can't see a reason not to offer 1,000$ in cash on hand.

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Old 01-12-2001, 11:47 PM
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Let me know if you change your mind. I might be interested.

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Old 01-13-2001, 12:25 AM
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How about a 4.3LV6??

Hey Aaron,
How about a little free thinking here? I suggest a 4.3LV6 installation! I finally let my wife drive mine, and her first question when she got home was "Is the speedometer correct on your car?" When I assured her it is, she commented that it must be hard to hold it down to 60... (which it is, it likes to run about 75 or 80... around 2150rpm - 60 is only 1750rpm) Since the car has very little wind noise and the engine is absolutely silent, it's hard to notice just how fast it's going. I must say that the combination of superior German body craftmanship and GM power makes for a terrific machine! You can view my swap at:

My car was also very, very inexpensive to put together! Under $1K total...
Go for it!
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Old 01-13-2001, 01:51 AM
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Aaron, I say GO FOR IT! hehe 300CE is one of my all time favorite benzes, in fact I have one.

I can just imagine seeing that thing when its done. DROOL CITY! It sounds like a great deal. a new motor shouldn't be too hard to find. maybe you could squeeze in a 500E engine, I think I saw one recently for like $6 or $7k in the local classifieds.

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Old 01-13-2001, 02:37 PM
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4.3L V-6?


PLEASE tell us you left the stock badges on this car. It would make for a major surprise for anyone thinking they were dealing with a poky TD diesel...VVVRRRROOOOMMMM. Oops, very sorry about blowing your doors off!

One question though, I thought the TD was a wagen, not a sedan...
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Old 01-13-2001, 02:58 PM
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Hi there,
Yes, I did leave all the badges on, so it still looks completely normal except that the front of the car sits a couple inches higher than it should due to the lesser weight. I'm sorry, I'm not up on all my M-B nomenclature, so I was using "TD" to refer to "turbodiesel"... I suppose it should be "300D"? I think it does surprise people, because they seem to start to pass the car, then drop by the wayside at freeway on ramps, etc. Lots of fun to drive!

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Old 01-14-2001, 10:45 AM
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REMEMBER, I HAVE A 3.2 LITER EFI 104 ENGINE SITTING IN MY GARAGE. I know were some turbo cast iron manifolds are for it as well.

You could send this one my way and it could be the first MercedesShop turbo project car!

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