My 190E 3.2 (soon to be twin turbo)

Mark300SL

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This is the new toy - a 1987 190E 2.6 auto with a twist :D


The 2.6 12v engine has been swapped for a 3.2 24v engine with variable cam timing. The conversion was done by Ben who built the truely remarkable 5.0 32v V8 190 I posted earlier. The engine is from an S320 and according to him the bigger cars weight meant they dragged a little extra from the engine with revised cam profiles and a tweaked ECU.
I picked it up from Devon and a while back it was rolling roaded at Alan Jeffries showing a very healthy 250+hp due to the cams, ECU and complete lack of any kind of catalytic converters :D

Having spent ages trying to source a 3.2 for my black 2.6 I eventually found one already fitted in a 190 shell! As far as I know this car is unique in the UK - as I thought I would be building the first one :)
This shows how little I know as this car was converted (extremely well) 11 years ago and still only has 50k on the clock. It has been SORN for the last 3 years as Ben completed his 5.0 conversion 4 years ago and was therefore prepared to let me have this one.

It flew through an MOT (albeit with a few advisories) and I drove it back 300 miles very relaxed, there is a huge wave of torque and very healthy acceleration when you want it but this car is not about 0-60 - more like 30-illegal in the time it takes to grin like an idiot.

I have spent the entire weekend removing the stale smell and green algae/dust/cobweb/leaf buildup that occurs when a car is left standing for a few years. Fixed and lubricated everything that didnt work and now I only have 2 tiny jobs left + fitting the bodykit before its ready for paint and turbos.
I have discovered, cleaned up and prepped a small hole in the inner wing under the washer bottle during the cleanup which will be cured in the week when I have gas for the welder! any other signs of corrosion were simply cosmetic and have now been treated and will be painted in the week.


The shell itself is not a patch on the black car but the paint and effort required to sort the blue car is less than trying to figure the engine conversion from scratch. I will be fitting 2 new front wings and a full Zender kit with some 190E Evo1 Cosworth wheels (they just happen to be the stock SL wheels that I already have ;) ) in the next few weeks


Now I don't have to fit the engine the turbo conversion is going ahead full steam :)

Expect a full set of build pics as it happens

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The engine installation is really neat with only the air filter making it look non factory!

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Tight fit in there :)
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Thats all folks - (for now) :bannana:



Mark
 
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Mark300SL

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Now there are a few pics of the turbo bits thanks to Nav :)

Turbo kit is MASSIVE - far too big to photograph in any detail in my tiny front room...

Everything therefore took a turn on the sofa !

2 manifolds, 2 turbos , 2 heatshields and an intercooler

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Airfilter housing assembly, oil feed pipe and odd boost pipes

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Cast exit elbows, cast intake and injectors, aftermarket electronics and more pipes

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Loads of bags of bolts, fittings and wiring !
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Intercooler and more odds and sods !

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Close up of extra injector plates

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There is more pipework and the exhaust frontpipes etc are still in my boot!
Now I need to figure out exatly what does and doesnt fit but the majority of the intake side will have to be made from scratch and i will use the Split Second Additional injecotr controller for fuel delivery with an MSD BTM to control ignition.



Mark
 
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