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Thread: My 5.6 M117 190E Racecar

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    My 5.6 M117 190E Racecar

    Hi All,
    Thought you might like to see the 190E I built in New Zealand with a M117 conversion...have been racing it successfully for about 3 years now with quite a few wins under its belt. Have had a few W201 / W124's over the years and always new they had great potential as an affordable classic racer just add a bit more power.... This car was a mint 2.6 originally (Mercs are silly cheap in NZ so why buy a dog...)still has original paint...found a couple of 560SEL's for $500 and $800 for donors. Turns out the $800 car had done 94,000kms with FSH, and as a bonus is a 822 engine(long duration cams,10:1,etc) so that's what's in the 190 now. Haven't even taken the heads off it....
    Because a few companies in Germany (Carlsson, Shultz,etc) did a conversion back in the day with new cars/engines for wealthy customers it is eligible for classic and production racing in NZ....
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    fuck yeah, that is badass! what kind of engine management and suspension are you running? ( or are allowed to run ;p )
    1984 2.3 8v Lorinser - Drift/track competition - "Grønne Pige"
    1984 2.3-16 ECE 5-Speed - Sent to Graveyard - "Steve"
    1985 2.3-16 ECE 5-Speed - Daily - "Darkwing"
    1986 2.3-16 NAM 5-Speed - Donor - "Rusty Trumpet"
    1986 2.3-16 NAM Auto - Basket Case - "Phönix"
    1987 2.3-16 NAM VEMS EFI 5-Speed - Track/Canyon - "Dimples"

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    Quote Originally Posted by secretmachine View Post
    fuck yeah, that is badass! what kind of engine management and suspension are you running? ( or are allowed to run ;p )
    Cheers,
    Blank fuel rails drilled to match injector spacing, Ford Falcon injectors and BMW fuel regulator from wreckers, Link Atom ECU picking up signal from original electronic dizzy. Factory manifold and Throttle body with cold air intake coming from pod filter in high pressure area where heater used to be. This engine had the twin branch manifolds which although are good are also heavy and gave me clearance issues. Sold them and made equal length headers which are HPC coated which help under bonnet temps.
    Front end is factory apart from relocated lower pivot points with nolathane bushes and a Ford Explorer sway bay reverse mounted behind the engine. Plus W210 rack and pinion conversion from Pick a Part....
    Rear end Heim jointed with Subaru Legacy GT wagon sway bar mounted behind. (even has dip in bar for spare wheel well.....)Yellowspeed springs and shocks...

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    looks like a bucketload of fun.

    How is it under brakes? a bit nose heavy?
    1987 201.034 € spec 5sp. Blauschwarz- Hermann.
    1992 124.051 - 6sp man. Iceblau - Gretel
    1987 107.048 - 4sp auto Signalrot - Stella
    2012 212.074 - 7sp mct-speedshift Diamantweiß - Klaus
    1992 Range Rover Classic OM606/722.6 swap in progress - Oswald
    exit lounge: 201.035, 201.029, 126.039, 107.023

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeB View Post
    looks like a bucketload of fun.

    How is it under brakes? a bit nose heavy?
    Nope, the M117 engine is lighter than the old 2.6 6 cyl that came out of it and 2 cylinders shorter.....it's got XYZ 6 pots and rotors on the front and Rx7 4 pots on the back with S-Class rotors....kept the ABS connected which is really good for just finding the limits without flat spotting a tyre...

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    Awesome build and looks like a ton of fun!
    87 190e 2.3-16
    90 190e 2.6
    90 Nissan Skyline GTS-T 375rwhp -sold-

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    Quote Originally Posted by marrymemercedes View Post
    Awesome build and looks like a ton of fun!
    Thanks, going to be even more fun now as I have found a centrifugal Supercharger for it.......

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    Well done. Absolutely beautiful. Inspirational to see other builds so well executed.

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    Thats a sexy beast! Love the grassroots approach of using parts from other cars and making it work. Looks like you tubbed the inner fenders nicely, also dig the flares!
    Can you share some video?
    TIME IS MADE IN THE CORNERS
    '84 2.3 8v(Project Blue)
    '86 3.0(track car)R.I.P.
    '90 1.8 Euro(SOLD)
    '95 E320 wagon
    '07 GL 320

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    Quote Originally Posted by BENZEVO View Post
    Thats a sexy beast! Love the grassroots approach of using parts from other cars and making it work. Looks like you tubbed the inner fenders nicely, also dig the flares!
    Can you share some video?
    Thanks,
    It's all about doing it myself and on a small budget...much more satisfying when you beat the chequebook cars....
    The inner guards are actually trailer guards cut down and the flares are just $25 universal ones widened and stretched to fit over the 18" wheels...obviously there is nothing "off the shelf" available down here so it involves a bit of "kiwi ingenuity "....
    Here's a link to a lap around one of our tracks in-car...
    https://youtu.be/eHaP6uRHfeA

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    Would love to see more pics of the build if you have them, or pics of the front rack conversion, calliper setups, engine bay, interior exterior etc..
    This looks like a shedload of fun and a way better idea than running an old 16v or e30
    1987 201.034 € spec 5sp. Blauschwarz- Hermann.
    1992 124.051 - 6sp man. Iceblau - Gretel
    1987 107.048 - 4sp auto Signalrot - Stella
    2012 212.074 - 7sp mct-speedshift Diamantweiß - Klaus
    1992 Range Rover Classic OM606/722.6 swap in progress - Oswald
    exit lounge: 201.035, 201.029, 126.039, 107.023

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    Transmission?
    TIME IS MADE IN THE CORNERS
    '84 2.3 8v(Project Blue)
    '86 3.0(track car)R.I.P.
    '90 1.8 Euro(SOLD)
    '95 E320 wagon
    '07 GL 320

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeB View Post
    Would love to see more pics of the build if you have them, or pics of the front rack conversion, calliper setups, engine bay, interior exterior etc..
    This looks like a shedload of fun and a way better idea than running an old 16v or e30
    Here's some build pics-
    This one shows the modified lower pick up points to get the geometry correct with the big wheels and lower ride height. Also slightly wider track which also lines up with the rack and pinion pivot width to eliminate bump steer.....
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    This is trial fitting the rack to get height and position correct, slid straight into column, just welded some brackets off the back of the subframe to bolt it to...($80 including pump and lines from Pick a Part...)
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    XYZ bolt on kit for fronts, 6 pot forged callipers,radial mounted...
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    Rear end (still with std sway bar at this stage) showing 4 pot Mazda RX7 callipers ($100) and W126 vented rotors ($52ea brand new), rose jointed links....
    Also Nissan R200 3.69 Helical LSD diff fitted ($350).....like to keep it Mercedes as much as possible but needed a decent LSD and now have a choice of ratios which the Mercedes diffs don't offer....easy conversion...
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    And an interior shot...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BENZEVO View Post

    Transmission?
    Started with a Getrag that the previous owner had put behind the 2.6, but that lasted 5 seconds and Getrag stuff is really expensive here so put a race spec Toyota R154 twin turbo Supra box in it which again although not "Mercedes" was a very affordable bulletproof option...

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    When he shared his build over on bworld, it motivated me to move forward with my manual swap on my 500SE.
    1985 Euro 190E 2.3-16
    1984 Euro 500SE
    2015 G63 AMG
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