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Old 09-17-2018, 06:11 PM   #76
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There was a stick shift mercedes wagon on ebay or was it craigslist? Won't even have to do a swap. It's the only manual wagon i've seen. The seller said it was a special order car.
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Old 09-17-2018, 06:41 PM   #77
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There was a stick shift mercedes wagon on ebay or was it craigslist? Won't even have to do a swap. It's the only manual wagon i've seen. The seller said it was a special order car.
I dropped an entire drivetrain from a w123240D into my w123 wagon. I think the entire swap from start to finish was like 15 hours. Hydraulic clutch, you only need to drill a hole in the firewall for the hose. It was the easiest thing ive ever done.
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Old 09-17-2018, 07:29 PM   #78
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I don't mind automatic. I'm concerned about engine/tranny mounts and driveshaft. Also if it fits at all. I haven't found any real merc/volvo build threads.
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Old 09-17-2018, 07:46 PM   #79
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I don't mind automatic. I'm concerned about engine/tranny mounts and driveshaft. Also if it fits at all. I haven't found any real merc/volvo build threads.
OM617 isn't very long, and is a decently compact package. It's a common swap for 22re powered pickups.

The automatics behind the merc diesels are worse than an aw70 with a broken kick-down cable. I wouldn't wish that upon my worst enemy.
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:09 PM   #80
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Nice swap 242240! My first and only experience with a manual mercedes diesel was in 1990. A photographer I was working with had a white 200d. I think it was an 82 or something like that. Four speed manual with a four cylinder diesel but that thang would rev and we did 150kph on the autosrada with it. It was slow but he seemed to hang with traffic ok with it.

OP Hope you get that thing sorted or find a good swap for your car.
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:31 PM   #81
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OM617 isn't very long, and is a decently compact package. It's a common swap for 22re powered pickups.

The automatics behind the merc diesels are worse than an aw70 with a broken kick-down cable. I wouldn't wish that upon my worst enemy.
Couldn't be worse than a 3 speed, right? I like an automatic that I can control with my right foot. The BW55 was too downshift happy around 30-45 and the lack of overdrive was painful.

Also, I still don't get how it just suddenly ate the bores like that. I was cruising at top speed (84mph) at about 95% throttle a day or two before it quit running. The last drive was down the road to the store, it started fine and I didn't beat on it at all. I drove it about a mile.

I'm concerned about driveshaft and mounts, mainly. The only engine swap I've done is a redblock to redblock, then back to the first redblock.
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:48 PM   #82
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There are some pics of an om in a 245. Was for sale in AZ about 5 years ago. I did notice the oil pan needed all kinds of hacking to clear the crossmember

Then there was the Oregon guy doing tdi into a 245 and selling them for idiot money

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Old 09-17-2018, 10:11 PM   #83
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Honestly, I'd like a D24t just for simplicity. But I highly doubt I can find one. The only one I've seen for sale locally was bundled with a 245 diesel. (The second or third 240d I've seen on CL in my area, including mine.)

Gonna go look at a 300D thats been parked for about 10 years tomorrow. List price $2k.. The only driveable-looking one I saw for under a grand had a hater pipe and he never replied.
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Old 09-17-2018, 11:07 PM   #84
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And I JUST got the AC chilly. Now I have to suffer the 15-degrees-warmer AC of my wagon.

I'm kinda gonna miss the slow-car-fast fun of this thing. Racing semi trucks, smoking commuters while trying to get up to highway speed, timing traffic lights to keep my speed up, etc.. A few weeks ago I was next to a cop at a red light and I slammed the smoke pedal when it went green. Can't do that in any other car.

EDIT: Also, who uses RTV on exhaust manifold gaskets?

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Old 09-18-2018, 01:02 PM   #85
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On the tube of high temp rtv copper permatex or loctite stuff. It says you can use it on exhaust gaskets. Says it handles up to 700 degrees or some crap.

I have a redblock if you want to swap to that. It's a 78 kjet B21F, perfect to replace a diesel. You'll get more performance, less mileage, and it'll last at least three times longer than a D24.

With a B21F you'll still be Volvo slow and able to do much of what you describe above except for the smoke out. lol.

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Old 09-18-2018, 01:21 PM   #86
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What did the air filter look like? The bores look like dirt got into the intake.
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Old 09-18-2018, 01:56 PM   #87
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I replaced the air filter not too long ago. Pretty oily and kinda dirty, but no holes or anything.

I already own two of the same car, not gonna have the same engines in them.

I found a 300 turbodiesel wagon that comes with a 4 speed manual in the back for a grand. Fingers crossed.
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Old 09-18-2018, 05:14 PM   #88
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I replaced the air filter not too long ago. Pretty oily and kinda dirty, but no holes or anything.

I already own two of the same car, not gonna have the same engines in them.

I found a 300 turbodiesel wagon that comes with a 4 speed manual in the back for a grand. Fingers crossed.
You will need the driveshaft, master cylinder, shifter linkage, shift bezel and the hydraulic lines. Crossmember, etc etc
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:42 PM   #89
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This is the worst car I've ever driven. It overheated nuclear hot, even with the roadkill treatment. Steering sloppy, brakes not brakey, rusty rust, horrible, HORRIBLE drivers seat, ruined interior, missing gas pedal. Ran great even with the gauge pegged. I won't feel bad gutting this car. $600.

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Old 09-18-2018, 11:36 PM   #90
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this engine will bolt in the Volvo,? is it any good after a massive overheat?

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Old 09-19-2018, 08:24 AM   #91
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when has removing the hood fixed an overheating problem?? It's funny on roadkill but in real life, seems like alot of work for no fix
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:32 AM   #92
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Is there any reason to believe that the engine is in any better shape than the rest of the car?
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:43 AM   #94
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Time for a build thread.
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Old 09-19-2018, 01:25 PM   #95
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Did some poking around, turns out the coolant gauge jumps about 10 or 15 degrees up if the blinker is on, and when I drove it home the left blinker was stuck on. I did some WOT pulls until the gauge said 110c (230f) and my IR gun said the block was 190f and top radiator hose about 175f.

Also the hood removal did make a difference.

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Old 09-19-2018, 01:42 PM   #96
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OK, you're good to go. I'll be curious to see how it will fit.
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Old 09-19-2018, 02:08 PM   #97
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Does that car have the spin-on fuel filter bracket with integrated hand pump for bleeding injector lines when you run it out of fuel? It's super handy when needed.
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My Dad's old diesel Land Rover had that.

If you ever ran it out of fuel, it's either crank for about 2 weeks, or crack the lines and use the little pull handle on the low pressure fuel lift pump.
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Does that car have the spin-on fuel filter bracket with integrated hand pump for bleeding injector lines when you run it out of fuel? It's super handy when needed.
I don't believe the w123's had that feature. My 240D didn't, but the w115's did.
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It even has functional hydraulic suspension. I definitely want a good 300TD someday. I can tell it used to be a really nice car to drive. But this one is hammered. It even has moss growing on the back carpet. I kicked the rear bumper and it fell off.

Plan is to part it out and try to make my money back (Came with tons of stuff in the back) and yank the engine out. It idles a bit rough but under throttle it runs nice and quiet. Also, does anyone know if these Merc wheels bolt onto a 240? They have nice studded snow tires that I'd like to use. I think I've seen one or two 240s with these rims but I dunno if they had adapters or anything.
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