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Old 09-06-2000, 08:49 PM
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I don't know what your thoughts are on a 5.0L Euro motor (126) swap into a 1988 190e 2.3 are but it is being done here. I only paid $1000 for the shell and the motor was cheap too. Brabus did this conversion in 1984 but they won't give me any info, claiming they can't come up with it. I'd like to know some thoughts on the suspension and rear differential. Several cuts and some "pounding out" has been done. I've fabbed the sway bar in front to compensate for the big oil pan and the exhaust manifolds are being changed to 4.5 manifolds (center exit) or may be fabbed as well. Transmission has obviously been changed as well. I've seen a 560 motor bored to 6.0L fit into a 190e so this project is possible.
Steering box has also ben a minor problem too so suggestions on that would be much appreciated too. I have easy access to the means and cost hasn't been in issue at all. The car won't cost me more than $3500 when all is said and done.

Thank you for any suggestions whatsoever-
Mike V.
1983 500SEC Euro
1988 190E 5.0L
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Old 09-08-2000, 11:58 PM
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In response to your question of fitment, my every day driver is a 190 with a 5.0 Ford GT40 motor and 5 speed. The steering was also a factor of interference and I used a VW
Golf/Jetta rack and pinion. You have to shorten each side 2 1/2" and rethread the tie rods. If you use 124 struts and brakes
along with steering arms (30% heavier) then use VW Quantum tie rod ends...they fit! I also shortened each arm 2" and dropped it 3/4", to make up for the shorter travel, and then had them stress relieved and re-heat treated to proper Rockwell hardness.

This coming Jan it will have been on the road for 5 years. Used the Ford eng as it also is front sump and lighter than a Chev.
Car weighs the same as a 2.6 190, 55%/45%.

The rear is a ltd slip from a 92 Vette but an
independant from many others can be made to fit...less expensive than MB stuff. Also NO CV joints and flex discs to worry over!!

Sounds like interesting project and good luck.

Tobias MB
300SE, 300CE, C280Sport, 190/5.0
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