I guess i will begin by saying Hello to the SLK community.. i've been sitting in the corner over here watching everyone else for quite sometime, and now i finally have something meaningful to post about. I usually am working on everyone else vehicles and until recently haven't had much time to do my own stuff. but its been building up, and now i have something truly special to work on.
anyways, last July, my SLK230 became my second car. its been my daily for almost 4 years and has been remarkably reliable... until last fall a head gasket started to leak externally, the A/C quit working and the car has slowly felt more and more lazy and tired. still, this car has been there when i needed it most, and I wanted to do something to bring it back up to snuff. since then i've been looking at the Kleeman Supercharger kit but couldn't bring myself to spending nearly a grand on the kit for what i would call "so-so" performance gains.
so about 3 weeks ago i was browsing Craigslist and found a 4.3 V8 from a CLK. it came with the ECU, transmission and harnass - which basically is everything mechanically. i haven't really thought about putting a V8 in the ole girl, but after doing a little bit of research and parts comparisons, i began to realize that this is feasible.
on to the build! i spent a couple of weeks freshening up the V8, as you'll see in the pictures i did a little painting and cleaning.
Currently i'm one week in on the build. last Saturday i pulled the old unit and was able to test fit the V8 and found the first problem was that the SLK A/C lines wouldnt fit around the exhaust of the V8, requiring me to use the lines that came with the V8. the second, and biggest issue, was that the steering box was severely in the way!
at this point, i pulled it back out and started to think about solutions.