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Old 09-13-2001, 06:11 PM
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351W to fit in a 1974 380C

I am trying to get a 351W to fit in a 1974 280C Mercedes. It goes in but I can't get the engine to sit in a position that frees the stering gear. : : Is there a mounting kit that will make this easy?
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Old 09-13-2001, 06:42 PM
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I believe the steering has to to be swapped out for the ford rack to work. There have been some conversions done by people.

look at this thread it may help..

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Old 09-13-2001, 09:08 PM
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Thanks Guys,

I'm a ford guy and the 280C I really like because of the size so I thought an engine switch would give it the get-up-and-go I wanted.

I think I like the idea of switching to the ford rack but I don't want to change the steering column unless I absolutely have to. Should the guy that made the chevy switch show up, I'd like to know what his experiences were im making the change.

Anyway, for your information, the engine is a 351W with a C-6 Tranny behind it. The color intended to be is the darkest blue that Mercedes makes. Oh Year, it'll sport dual exhausts too.
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Old 09-14-2001, 07:04 AM
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I hate I did not get more info from the guy that had converted the MB. Next time I go to that particular car show if he is there I will try to get more info. Anyway, looking at the car interior - everything was MB. The dash, steering wheel, steering column and switch assy. Only when you peered under the hood did you see the changes. He had installed a Mustang steering assy (I think he said mid-80's) and again, if memory serves me correctly, he had cut off the existing steering shaft between the steering box and the firewall and "made it work" with the Mustang steering mechanism.
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Old 09-14-2001, 07:31 AM
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351W Thanks

Again thanks for the info. that really helps.
I'll be looking for a mid eighties steering assy.
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