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Old 07-06-2002, 09:49 AM
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Need New Head

Hi All:

I need help finding a new head for a '87 300e with a 2.6 engine. Is the 260e's head interchangable with this too? Can anyone help me find a good used head?

How is this for bad luck. My friend just purchased this car about two weeks ago from someone leaving for the mainland. It looked good, ran good and his mechanic gave it the once over too. The car was running smooth but was running a bit hot but not close to redline. I checked his coolant only to find oil in it. No coolant in the oil. Did the pressure check, sure enough, pressure dropped. Still wasn't sure where the fluid was leaking since no obvious leaks left under the car. He drove it for 30 minutes and got back. Car was still running a little hot but not overheating but the coolant level dropped again. Left it overnight and when we started it in the morning, water and oil came out of the small hole in the muffler. Bad News!

How would the oil get into the coolant? I thougth when you blew a head gasket, you have coolant go into the oil.

Oh well, we just got done pulling the head (what a long day, "Amature Hour") early this morning and I found something wierd. It had two head gaskets on there. Just by putting a carpenters level to the head, you can visibly see slight warpage. Is this from the two gaskets or someone knowing that the head is warped and used two gaskets to seal the head to the engine?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Aloha,
Eric
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Old 07-06-2002, 01:55 PM
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Someone wanted to off a POS and assembled it in that manner to get it "cross the curb", so to speak. I'd sue the guy, but first I would talk to the sheriff and see if he can be brought up on criminal charges.

Your a long way away, but I do have a 2.6 head.
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Old 07-06-2002, 10:31 PM
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How much is it warped? You can machine these heads to a certain amount. I can get you the specs Monday when I get back to the shop. I have seen some bad overheaters and most are within specs to shave and have a fresh valve job.
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Old 07-07-2002, 03:20 AM
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Hi All:

Thanks for the replies! I really appreciate it.

As for how much is it warped, well I don't have any way to give you proper measurements but with the level on there, you can fit a unfolded matchbook cover under the level. I not sure what the specs are but I remember gapping points like this in my 68 Chevelle.

Steve, can you please email me at etsa@hawaii2000.net with a price you want for the head and if you did any work on it. If I want it, I need to find a way to get that thing to swim over to me.

Thanks a bunch again.

Aloha,
Eric
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Old 07-07-2002, 09:26 AM
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Just in case it does not work out with Steve...

there is a 300e head in e-bay. I just saw it but, I do not know anything about it...
By the way, I met Steve a while back. If you can, buy the head from Steve. He KNOWS Mercedes.
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