The Toyo-Benz is finally ready for performance testing !!
1990 Mercedes 300CE
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And the engine bay is full again...the turbo is a bright shiny object with some cool plumbing hidden in this shot.
The motor comes out in preparation for the new lump.
I can already hear the purists screaming… Why would you take a grand touring machine and significantly sacrifice it's touring capability by going with sport (if not racing) seats? Particularly if you had already decided to keep the suspension somewhat softer with rubber bushings as opposed to tighter handling urethane.
Because it is a personal project embodying the owner's unique sensibilities, that's why. Are you really still asking this after you saw that this begins with a Toyota engine swap into a Mercedes?
Some front fascia is removed to prep for the front mounted intercooler....
In with the new.....The twin turbo setup is replaced with a new single piece of jewelry capable of 350-500hp.
Out with the old.....The stock twin turbos with their ceramic blades are removed...We can do better...
The prep on the new engine begins, as belts and seals are all replaced, including the oil pan. Looks bright and shiny !
To help further set the stage, our enthusiast is not exactly a "bone stock" kind of guy. The 300CE in question has more than a few mods. Wheels and tires, headlights, racing pedals, etc. The kinds of things that many of us have done, but to his own sense of taste and style. What is "too far" for him is very different than for you. Or is it? Is it sacrilege to put after market rims and lower profile tires on the car? I know that few BMW 2002s are wearing the original profile Michelin tires from the early 70s, and many have 14" or bigger rims. Same thing? What about newer/better headlights? What if you make a mod that looks original? Is that somehow more acceptable? Anyway, on to the project...
the body is straight and pretty unchanged original in black. The clean looking transplant engine arrives on a pallet. Multiple views below.... our enthusiast says that this swap is not unusual in Asia and some other parts of the world, so Info and instructions on the swap are readily available. Now the work begins....
This machine belongs to a Mercedes enthusiast. He is a long time owner of this machine along with several other machines from the three-pointed star. However, he has found the engine to be somewhat under-powered, leaky, and expensive components for this limited run car have been failing over his 15 years of ownership. His solution ? Swap the engine for another 3 liter........wait for it.........From a Toyota. Is he stark raving mad ? As a German car enthusiast, how does he reach such a conclusion ? How will he withstand the wrath of the Mercedes Coupe community ? Is he a Toyota man now ? What should he call it ? Toyedes Benz ?
Besides the obvious polarizing issues here is an interesting question. What makes a car belong to a given marque ? The owner maintains that it remains a Mercedes, but is that because the vin is a Mercedes ? This is the story of his swap, and our musings about this question..