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Autoweek: Merc 12 in a 280?

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I follow a guy on Instagram who was attempting that swap, but just sold the car. The engine looked like it actually fit in the bay pretty well. I was surprised. Should make a great noise if they manage to do it. 

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Dry sump? The builders are engineers, so they probably have a trick solution planned. Autoweek’s the only source I’ve seen on the project.

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That's quite a snootfull alright. Ought to have some interesting handling qualities.

Especially with those wheels and tires...  Takes me back to '64 Chebbies roaming the barrios back in the eighties.

Of course, it's obvious from the lack of air cleaners that it wasn't meant to actually be driven.

Looks good standing still tho.

 

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4 hours ago, ensys said:

Of course, it's obvious from the lack of air cleaners that it wasn't meant to actually be driven.

Looks good standing still tho.

“I drive the car a lot on the street, and I even daily-drove the car while I was swapping the engine in my Subaru right before winter hit. I love to drive it on public roads, but I also use it for a few autocross and track days during the year.”

 

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Now, that's what I call rugged nonchalance.

Me, I'd be a nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs that my expensively tricked out V12 would be ingesting dust, dirt, leaves, candy wrappers, rain from an unexpected squall, or the Big Gulp of some passing mope with no conscience while out running errands, or would become low-rise condominiums for the mice in the garage. Kudos for your nerve.

But really, what's the story about those wheels and two-sizes-too-small tires. Automatic speed limiters? Science experiment? Bold aero exercise? What pressures do you run to keep the beads in contact with the rims, so far away from the edge of the tread?

Inquiring minds want to know.

 

 

 

 

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