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Old 02-10-2008, 03:59 PM
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83 380 SEL engine to an 81 380 SEL body?

I tried to find links about this but nothing much was there. I just bought a pristine 81 380 SEL with a locked up engine. I have an 83 380 SEL with a great engine. My plan is obvious. Now I noticed that the 81 has ballast resistors and a few slightly different components. Should I expect any major issues here? I thought these cars would be nearly identical. Thanks, Andy
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Old 02-10-2008, 09:33 PM
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Engines should be the same. What are you referring to as ballast resistors? Post a pic or the VIN of the 81, that should help.
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:22 PM
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ballast resistors

On fast lane they sell them. Look like the ones on my 71 450SL but the ones on my 81 have metal cases around them. I never saw anything like them. There's also a condenser wire listed for the 81. I guess it goes to the distributor? I'm thinking I might have to swap the dist. out. I really thought this was a clean engine swap. I learn everyday! Andy
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engine pic

here's a pic of the engine. see the ballasts to the upper right? Andy
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