One of my local customers CL600 beastie is in the Workshop again today, which is always good for me and bad for his wallet
That said, we got on top of it over the last 2 years and it has been pretty good lately.
It's only in for Brakes, and I've noticed a weeping ABC Strut on right rear, so that will hurt said wallet
Anyway, enough of that .................
Being the curious bugger I am, and a Hot Rodder at heart, I'm thinking "What If"
Out with the Tape Measure, (very roughly) the "box size" of the V12 Motor is 30" long and 26" wide, (not as wide as the V6 / V8 IIRC).
Under the Bonnet of my SLK V6, with the tape, yep, it will go in !!
Now, if anyone is going to tell me "That cannot be done" please don't
because that is exactly how I ended up building a 24V V6 Cosworth 4X4 Ford Puma and went stage rallying with it, years of my time and I never did add up the money spent, suffice to say please don't wave the red flag, I'll end up bankrupting myself and getting divorced !!
Just take a week off and read this if you doubt my abilities and quality of workmanship :- 24V V6 Cosworth Puma Project - Pumapeople
BTW for those across the pond, a Ford Puma is a little tiny Ford FWD Transverse 1700 cc 2 dr Coupe.
To fit all the 4x4 Cosworth Running Gear and the 3.0 24V V6 required way more Chassis, Steering and Floorpan / Tunnel modifications than an R170 V12 would
Nowhere near as easy as the V8 transplant will be, but it will physically fit by moving the Trans back 2-3", shorten Propshaft, and widen the front sides of the tunnel shape by a few inches into each foot well, still leaving plenty of foot / leg room.
The answer to the obvious question ............ "when" ............
Well right now I have absolutely no plans to do it, but who knows what is around the corner, perhaps if a good running rusty V12 Car comes my way, I may buy a V6 R170 rolling shell and do it
I'd be curious to know if anyone has ever done this, (I have seen Ron Callo's R107 btw)
and a few of the Puma under construction, (BTW under construction means exactly that, you will see items just tack welded etc, and un finished here and there) :-