I did some surveying work out in Wyoming about a year ago and when i arrived on the jobsite it was pretty obvious to me that i was going to need a vehicle with 4x4. I searched around on craigslist and found an old 4runner for sale in nearby CO. i think i looked the truck over for about 10 seconds before knowing that i was going to buy it. being from the east coast, i think i was in shock when i looked under the truck and it looked almost new! so maybe there are better deals to be had out west but i picked the truck up for 700 cash.
heres a pic from out on one of the trails i was working on(about 10 miles from the closest road and 60 miles to the closest gas station.)
for the first two weeks it was like a dream come true, i couldnt believe how well the truck ran for having 290k on it. Then, about 2500 miles into ownership the number 3 cylinder in the 22re gave up. i limped home about 65 miles that day on the other 3.
do to the small amount of money i had invested in the truck, and my recent 2 week love affair with it i decided the only course of action was to replace the engine.
After searching around for a semi local source( i was working out of Laramie wy) for an engine i found Ace's auto engine supply in colorado springs co.
I was out of my element, my shop was back east and i was nervous about buying a rebuilt engine. Ace's engine consisted of a rebuilt bottom end and a newly manufactured head, it also included a 12 month 12k mile warranty. after shelling out 2,000 bucks i had my new engine.
Once the new engine was installed and carefully broken in, i began to drive it around in preparation of a trip out to california.
The engine lacked power, the old 22re with nearly 300k on it had had more power.
Fast forward through multiple mis diagnosis from shops in WY and OR, and getting at best 15mpg crossing the country back to NY i finally took the truck in to a trusted mechanic of mine.
Compression checked out but the leak down in the #2 cylinder failed. advised that either there was a bad valve seal or a worn or poorly seated ring in the #2.
While i was pretty discouraged by this, it was nice to finally know that i wasnt crazy, the motor did lack power and there was a good reason for it. Also, the motor was still well under its 12 month 12k warranty.
I called Ace's in CO and let them know my findings. They told me to ship them the motor and they would take a look at it.
I custom built a small engine pallet and strapped the engine down, and then shrink wrapped the entire thing. I brought the engine to a "local" truck depot(an hour away) and 375 beans later she was off.
about a week later Aces received the engine to there shop. and a week or so after that i called for an update.
I was told that the motor was fine, that someone had replaced the PCV and a piece of the old PCV had wedged the pcv system open and this was the cause of the leak down test results.
They said they wanted to pull the motor apart to make sure there wasn't any other damage, check back in a week or so.
This time, they let me know that they had inspected the head and reconditioned it. they also replaced the chromoly rings with cast iron rings just to be safe. he said that the cast rings would seat easier. they then told me that all of this work they had done was on them, free. but i needed to pick up the shipping back to NY!!!!
wtf. this is basically where the situation is now with my rebuilt 22re.
but lets get on to the fun part shall we?
MY friend just sold me his 1983 mercedes 300sd, what a car! when you close the door on one of these old mercs, you know it. This is a great car,but alas the interior is moldy and i have heard storys of passionate encounters with plus size female companions in this vehicle so i have opted to steal the cars pride and joy.
It seems that this swap is growing in popularity recently, and why not, on paper this swap sounds fantastic. I will document my experiences here for people interested in the swap as others have for me.
step one the removal.
if anyone well versed on this swap could lend me a hand, i have the entire car at my disposal. what parts should i concern my self with removing besides the engine itself? there is a variety of little boxes for electric and vacuum on the drivers side front of the engine bay, anything i want? also, i plan to take the cluster and hopefully retro fit the toyota cluster with the mercedes gauges.
all info and feedback appreciated!!!