I am thinking of purchasing a 1987 560SL that has a bad engine that I
plan to pull and replace with a good used one. Is there a large
difference between the engines in the various "560" models ? In
particular, I am curious what compatibility issues I might run into if I
were, for example, to acquire a good engine from a 560SEL ?
Thanks for the detailed info ! So, can I assume that virtually
everything else is the same ? I was thinking that the 560SL might have
a higher performance version of the engine, but I guess not ?
560 engine is much newer than 380 engine... different electronics. If you
have a complete donor car, you can swap out everything. Labor intensive
Other than that, everything should mounts right up.. There is also another
issue with the rear end differential gear ratio... with this 560 engine, it
would reach 60 real fast.
It is easier just to buy a 560SL if you really love the body style.
The SL engine is a 117.967 The SEL engine is a 117.968
Both are rated at 238 HP @ 4800 and 287 ft-lbs Torque @ 3500.
Both are 9:1 ratio.
Go here: http://germanstar.net/1175e.htm and scroll down to see the
differences in parts.
And yes, you will need to swap oil pans also.
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