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Old 06-19-2012, 12:27 AM   #41
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Ugh, FWD.
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Parts for Mercs are expensive.
Shop harder. I bought all 8 rear suspension arms with new bushings and bearings (yeah both) installed for just over $150. I picked up a used Cosworth head with 60k miles in excellent working condition for $250 delivered- and that's probably one of the rarest MB cylinder heads in the U.S. Picked up Mann oil filters at $3 each from Rockauto. Brand new air flow potentiometer $25 delivered. I hear the same **** from MB weenies and it's because they roll up to the dealer parts window and pay 4-5x what third party parts cost. MB used a lot of the same parts across the models and sold a lot of the cars around the world basically unchanged mechanically, so there are a lot of third party manufacturers out there. That's what keeps the prices down.

I think the real question is: Is the buyer cut out for old german car ownership? That means diagnosing insanely complicated systems, deciphering service manuals that are far more difficult than the engrish I was accustomed too, and working on items that were apparently not engineered with accessibility in mind- ever.

It's definitely a challenge. I bought mine a deep discount and now have a great running DD with tuned fuel system, new rear suspension, working AC, among various other little things. But I enjoy challenges and working on cars.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:36 PM   #43
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Would it be stupid to buy a 944 and V8 swap it...Or a 924? Any difference between the 924 and 944? other then the flared arches? I can get a 924 for $500...
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:13 PM   #44
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Oh yeah. I also want to stuff an engine like this into it...http://www.hotrod.com/techarticles/h...g_bang_theory/
I don't know which engine it is though. I'm assuming it's the vortec. But would it make that much power with just a cam and a ported head? The amount of boosted power this thing makes is insane. Power like faeflora would want, as in, ALL-OF-IT.
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:28 AM   #45
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goddamn that is badass
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:47 AM   #46
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924 has problems with a swap that a 944 doesn't. Something about the subframe or suspension or something that won't hold up. I forget exactly what it is, but I was looking at a 924 for a LSx swap, and it was highly recommended to go with a 944 instead.

Search for places that make 944 swap kits, and that's where you'll find the info.
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LS fits in either gen 924, but the first has the weaker driveline/transaxle. Last gen transaxle is suggested for <400ftlbs. Transmission would require fab'ing a tunnel at the firewall- or enlarging what's there for the torque tube.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:29 AM   #48
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Yes that motor is awesome.
I dont really like the 924 body when compared to the 944. But theyre so much cheaper...
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:00 PM   #49
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Really? The used market seems to be saturated with 944s and I seem them not running for as cheap as any 924. Really depends on the condition. IMO you'd want the 944 for the flares- big wheels/tires.
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/3070489173.html
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cto/3074925831.html
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:07 PM   #50
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Yes I definitely want the flares, the 924 just looks lacking without them. The only 944, who's seller replied to me, is listed at 1500 needs a complete interior as well as a new paint job. That wouldn't bother me for a project like this but he would need to come down a bit in price I think.

Edit: Hmm I just found an 85, running driving, champagne gold for $1200...
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Parts for Mercs are expensive. And the cars, in my experience, are not very well built. Plus, lug bolts suck.


No kidding!! What's up with the darn lug bolts?!? How do you fudge-up something so simple and obvious. Totally stubborn.

Actually, we should all be grateful that Germans have a propensity for stupid complexity. The Big One might have turned out differently without this characteristic.
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The only Merc I would drive would be an old turbo-diesel wagon. Wagon, to haul sht. Turbo-diesel, to burn grease and be all eco-correct here in Portland. They are all spoken for, here, and there are no cheap ones to be found on the CL.

Next choice would be a 7.4L turbo diesel Excursion, but Ms Mobius won't go for that.
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7.3L, not 7.4L
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The only Merc I would drive would be an old turbo-diesel wagon. Wagon, to haul sht. Turbo-diesel, to burn grease and be all eco-correct here in Portland. They are all spoken for, here, and there are no cheap ones to be found on the CL.

Next choice would be a 7.4L turbo diesel Excursion, but Ms Mobius won't go for that.
My dad has two. 300TD wagons.
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your dad?
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