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Old 11-16-2004, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by kamil
another stupid question.... if i were to swap out the motor and tranny at the same time would I need to take them out seperately or just pull the motor with the tranny right from the engine bay ?

Hi from Miamimike--I am in a situation similiar to yours but not exactly. I have a 240(77) std. tran.--body is SHOT but the motor and tranny function. I have another 240(82) with a seized motor--but is an automatic tranny.---I plan to pull the motor and tranny out of my '77 whole and then insert it into the 82(after I have lifted the blown motor and tranny out of the 82(240)--hopefully without to much chopping, cutting ect.I had differing opinions here in miami on putting in a 5 cyl. 300 TD motor and then mating the 4 spd. manual to it--mostly I think no one here ever did it so many different opinions. I am told if I just transfer the whole motor&tranny as a unit from my '77 to my '82 MB--AND use the same drive shaft I can't go wrong. The idea of using a 300TD was great-more pick-up--esp. with a 4 spd. stick--big improvement in pick-up, but here locally, no one seems to be able to tell me how much cutting and adapting would be necessary to accomplish this match.--How far are you along on your conversion? Appreciate any info. Thanks Mike from Miami.

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Old 11-16-2004, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by oilslick
To me it was easier to remove the engine and tranny as a unit from my '82 240D. I found it was easy to install as a unit. I removed AND installed them all by my lonesome . No problems! Just me, the car, and the engine hoist (old fashioned chain hoist). Wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

OilSlick--Hi from Mike in Miami. When you swapped --where you going from an auto to std. or vice versa? I have 2 MBs(both 240s)---one a '77--std.tranny and an 82-(240)with an auto tranny.82 has a blown engine.--I want to swap the whole engine&tranny from the '77 to my 82(after I have removed the blown motor and tranny from it)--This a possibility or too much work?? Any advice appreciated. Thanks Mike
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Old 11-21-2004, 11:19 PM
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We rented the engine hoist at a place called Fox Rental. Call all the local rental places and find out how much. Ours was $25 for 1 day. But rent it on saturday night before they close, ours closed at 3pm and doesn't open unit monday. So the one day rental was saturday until monday morning. Plenty of time to remove the engine.
The engine stand was not a good rental. $10 a day, I had the engine on the stand for months.
Check with harbor freight. They have the folding hoist on sale for $180. if you are inclined to purchase. The 1000# engine stand will be fine for the 240D or 300D engine.


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