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Mercedes Benz Hot rod???? Is it ok?

I have been an outsider fan of Hot Rods and American Muscle for a long time now and I'm ready to purchase/build one. I'm trying to make a decision regarding a 1974 Mercedes Benz 450 SL Convertible that I've owned for a few years now. Originally I was gonna try to sell it and buy an American Classic, but then I came up with the idea of getting rid of the Mercedes Engine (Big 8 cylinder) and Tranny and replacing it with an old Hemi ( I also have a new Charger R/T) or some kind of Big block Chevy or Ford-American Muscle! I pretty much wanna build a German Hot rod with American Power! I drew up a design and it turned out awesome. Big tires on the back, side dual exhaust, etc.... My question to you all is, will this be "accepted" by the Hot Rod community or will they look at me as a fool with no imagination???? Looking forward to your replies. Thank you.

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Got my vote to do it. But before you start trying to graft in horsepower, look into what the MB can be made to do. Really impressive numbers available.
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mercedes hot rod......

Hi,you can make a hot rod out of ANYTHING,if you like it,dont worry about what others like.its for you.i had a hot rod jeep when i was in Vietnam (1968) 2 carbs and dual straight pipes. i stole the jeep from the ARVNS,they were too chicken s--t to use it anyhow...it sounded like a tank...
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absolutely, look at the new amg c-63 thats a hot rod! I have a buddy that took an 84 300d turbo diesel and dropped in a 383 sbc and 200r4 trans and it hauls...the cool thing is is diesels need no smog checks so as far as the dmv knows its still a diesel, its a real sleeper.
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Come on man! This is hot rodding! You are a hot rodder to do something different. If it makes people nervous all the better.
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I don't think you'll get much flack from hot-rodders. But you'll likely get some from Mercedes purists......
Do it!
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LOVE IT! It's HOT RODDING!!
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like this one HERE
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Do it!!!! just as long as its not a "gull wing" that would be sacriligious. If you want a hemi....and have LOTS of money look at www.indyheads.com, and make sure you have some paper towels for when you start droolin' all over your computer. The new 6.1 ltr. (426) F.I. Legend motor in your Mercedes with a t-56 .......yummy!!
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It's been done plenty of times.I am doing a Chev into a W108 280S at the moment . A chev into a mercedes is a drag..the sump is in the wrong place. The easiest by far is a Ford Windsor if putting in a American V8 is what you really want. But mercedes build better engines and the ultimate for a cheap swap is a Euro 560 engine, 300 big german horses in a light alloy block V8 which bolts in with zero drama.The Sl you have has a 3.7-1 diff so a later diff head with higher ratio will gear it up fpor higher top speed.
But if you want serious horses then this is the only way to go.

It's a 400HP 32 valve 5.0 liter V8 from a 500SL in a 190E ( W201 sub compact,zero to 60 in 4 seconds ... ).
My own W107 SLC is going to get a mercedes 6.9 liter engine. .I helped a mate in Germany last year do this and the performance is insane. 252 kph top speed with the standard diff.
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...and i have a Mercedes V8 in my track roadster.check my project journal
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That's it!

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Originally Posted by HalfOunce
like this one HERE
Thanks a lot for the info you sent me! That's perfect! Exactly what I had in mind!
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Wow. The cost of that conversion was over $45K! Looks cool.
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$45,000 is a Lot of money though.I am going to do the body work for a mate here who bought a 450SL from the US on ebay for $10,000 which came with a 350 already installed. It doesn't go any harder than a normal 450 SL though...something to keep in mind. the bottom pic.
This is a 350 in a W116 ,similar to what you want to do.Not an easy conversion because of the sump.This was bought as a donor car for another project( rusty POS) .and the vengine is going into a 280S merc 1970 model.

If you care going to install a GHM or other trans,be prepared to have to do this...450SL with big block...

450SL with 350 Chev...
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