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Old 12-12-2001, 07:32 PM
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Need Help!

Can anyone please tell me what I should expect to pay a qualfied technician to have the engine rebuilt on my 66 230sl. I have no idea as to the cost.

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Old 12-12-2001, 08:55 PM
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engine rebuild cost WAG!

The rebuild cost -- parts, machine shop work, tech labor is a real big guess because 'it depends'.

The valve guides and valves may need replacing, valve seats refaced.the camshaft, rockers, shims, cam tower bearings, timing chain and guides, oil pump, pistons, rings, boring the cylinders, decking and line boring the block, boiling out the block, replacing distributor drive shaft bushings, rebuilding distributor, rebuilding alternator, starter, fuel system, reconditioning both ends of the rods, crank polishing, balancing and cleaning,cleaning and careful reassembly. Could be lots of work

A first class job (not full race blueprint) could easily cost $8K

Usually far better to buy a good remanufactured engine assembly ready to bolt in.
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Old 12-13-2001, 06:54 AM
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That's sort of like asking "how long is a rope?" You just have no way of knowing until you measure it.

A good engine man will take it apart, measure crankshaft journals, cylinder bores, etc. before determining how much work and how many parts are needed. Don't replace or remachine parts that don't need it.

I do expect the $8K number to be about right for a completely worn out engine. But, if the engine has had frequent oil changes and properly cared for, it could very well be that rings, bearings and a valve job along with timing chain components could get it back on the road in great shape. In that case it might only be $3 or $4K or so.

Good luck,
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Old 12-13-2001, 10:49 AM
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If you're interested, there is a very informative article in a magazine call "Mercedes Enthusists" on the 230sl. It's December's issue, and you can pick it up at the larger Border's Bookstores.
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Old 12-14-2001, 06:26 AM
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This is the same car that has been standing since 1980? I believe you've not run the engine yet?

I think you're worring too much about costs on a theoretical basis. I'm all for planning and budgeting, but you're short on information to do this.

Running a car like this is a hobby. You should only spend what you can afford, and if you can't afford it, don't spend it.

I think you should concentrate on finding a mechanic you trust to do a proper survey on the car. You know you need sheetmetalwork, you think the injection is suspect, now you are worrying about an engine rebuild.

A lot of braver souls would have flushed out the fuel system, cleaned the plugs, connected up a new battery and turned the key! Then you worry about injectors, big ends, valves etc.

Old cars do need care and consideration, but sometimes you've got to remember they are machines, not fragile antiques!
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