Re: 300D with manual tranny

Wow, i cant believe i found this. I have just got a lil work done to my 1985 300D. My turbo is now rebuilt and some vacuum lines fixed. Anyways, i want to know how hard it is to either swap in a 240D 4-speed transmission
into my car, or one of the europeon model 5-speeds. I have heard it is real difficult, but never talked to someone who did it. Also, i understand one of you had a shop do it, if you dont mind, how much did that cost you? Thanks a lot.
Steve
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I'm the one who had the shop do it. AFAIK, the engine and transmission mated up just fine. (I wish I did have the 5 speed though, and I've got my ear to the ground a little.) To the best of my knowledge, the bolt pattern and the housings are the same shape. I suppose I could go dig out the old 240 engine and the tranny from the 300 and look at them to be sure, but I didn't see any sign of any weirdness the last time I was under the car.
The whole transplant, labor and parts, including a rebuild of my 4 speed tranny, ran in the neighborhood of $3K U.S. about three years ago. Rebuilding my 240 would have run about the same, so I went for more power. I climb real mountains here <G>.
Rochelle
P.S. Still trying to find a home for the automatic transmission which came with my engine, and is currently holding my trailer down. Anyone interested?
Steve Gallegos via CarKB.com wrote:

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I am so dumb, i had the opportunity to buy a 300D with 5speed for not that much, and could have done an engine swap, but i didnt
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Who did the work for you and is there any chance I could talk to them?. Where are you or where was the work done? thanks, Pete

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Pete wrote:

Gregg's Autohaus in Boise, ID did the work for me. Phone # is (208)342-4450. You are welcome to give them a call. Gregg himself is the one to talk to if you can catch him. The kid that answered the phone last time I called couldn't even give me an estimate on a brake job. Sigh. He is a good mechanic, but I think one of the world's slowest.
When I was calling around to see if this was even possible, Eurosport practically made "evil eye" motions and told me it couldn't be done. Gregg, who had done work on the car before, said "no problem, I've done a bunch of these." Since I didn't do the swap personally, I can't speak to precicely how much of a pain it was. I had to scrounge a few parts for the throttle linkage off of a 300 at a parts yard, and part of the drive shaft. Everything else came from the 240.
If you want to know more about it, drop me a note personally & I'll get back to you, or email you a phone number.
Rochelle
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