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Old 09-09-2002, 01:37 PM
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Just Gotta know - engine cover C320

How would one go about removing the plastic shroud from the top of the engine. The 70's "gearhead" in me is dying to see what it looks like underneath.

The front of the shround seems "hinged' but it only lifts about an inch then stops. The big part of the cover seems pretty securely fastened.

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Brian

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Old 09-09-2002, 02:09 PM
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It snaps loose starting at the front. While you have it off, you might as well put in points, condensor and a carburetor kit.

Good luck,
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Old 09-09-2002, 02:25 PM
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I think (hope) the trend of hiding engines under plastic convers may die out sometime soon. The new Audi A8 has none or very little plastic, the engine is fully visible. Our '98 A8 has the same 4.2 V8, but almost the whole thing is covered over.

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>>It snaps loose starting at the front. While you have it off, you >>might as well put in points, condensor and a carburetor kit.

>>Good luck,


I have a Holley 600, dual feed, double pump, 75cc accelerator pump ready to go. The 780 might be a little too much fuel :-)

Brian
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Old 09-09-2002, 03:27 PM
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>>It snaps loose starting at the front. While you have it off, you >>might as well put in points, condensor and a carburetor kit.

>>Good luck,



Seriously now,

Does it take a lot of force? I've pulled kinda hard and it doesn't seem to do anything.

Brian
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Old 09-09-2002, 05:13 PM
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Brian,

I have not tugged on it myself, but my brother in law who is my dealer tech, grabbed hold and pulled it off just to show me what was underneath. I didn't feel how tough it was with my own hands, but I watched him tug and watched it come off.

Once it was off I was totally amazed, mostly by the size of the mass airflow sensor. It is HUGE! It is much bigger than the one on my 5.7 liter Vette. You joke about the 780 Holley, but this engine could probably handle it. That's one of the keys to the incredible power these little hummers produce.

A few weeks after I got my C240, my brother in law called and told me that he had one of these engines apart and asked if I wanted to come by and look. It actually was a V8 version of the same engine, only difference is two extra holes.

This engine is an absolute masterpiece. It has such incredible technology inside it's amazing. To start with it has cross bolted mains, roller cam, two spark plugs that fire a certain number of crankshaft degrees apart so that there is no piston rocking, cold cracked connecting rod technology, etc. These engines have proven out very reliable in the five years that they've been out. The only reason that one was apart is that it was in a wreck and lost oil before being shut down.

Much of the technology in these engines is Formula One stuff of about ten or twelve years ago. If you ever have a chance to see one completely apart, don't miss the opportunity.

I hesitate to tell you to just tug harder, because John may have known just where to tug or something. It sure looked easy when he did it though.

Good luck,
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Old 09-10-2002, 10:17 AM
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Larry Bible wrote:

>>This engine is an absolute masterpiece. It has such incredible technology inside it's amazing. To start with it has cross bolted mains, roller cam, two spark plugs that fire a certain number of crankshaft degrees apart so that there is no piston rocking, cold cracked connecting rod technology, etc. These engines have proven out very reliable in the five years that they've been out. The only reason that one was apart is that it was in a wreck and lost oil before being shut down. <<

Thanks for the reply,

Is there anywhere to find out all of the technical specs on the engine? Mercedes seems to be one of the few companies that doesn't flaunt the technology to the general buying public. I keep hearing little bits and pieces from folks. It would be nice to have a place to find all of that neat stuff :-)

Brian
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