SchmidtMotorWorks wrote: ↑Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:57 pmI have seen small block ford conversions.
I worry that it would be like most V8 Vega conversions were. Too heavy for the chassis and too power ful for the drive train.
Best v8 Vega swap I ever saw was a 215. Coworker drove it daily for 10+ years.
Actually a 240D is a W123 model.
Mercedes of that era are built like tanks. Mercedes and a Vega have nothing in common in terms of chassis stiffness. Years ago there was a guy on the East Coast doing 5.0 Ford conversions to these cars and Volvos of the era. Being it's a California car and assuming you would still have to pass an emissions test, a nice combo would be a EFI Ford 5.0 and matching AOD or T5.
One big plus for the 5.0 Ford swap is the oil pan matches the Merc crossmember closely enough so that you don't have to modify the pan or the crossmember.