My 87 Mercedes Benz 190e 2.3-16
My name is Igor Vogin. I’ve been living in the Seattle area for the past 5 years. I’ve owned 4 Cosworths in the last few years in various forms of neglect so I tried my best to build one nice one out of the four. A rust free chassis was used and I swapped in an engine from a NAM auto car and the dogleg 5spd from another. Exterior was mixed and matched so basically it’s a Frankenstein of a car at this point. I tried my best to do a write up of the build sheet so here it is as follows:
NAM 1987 Mercedes Benz 190e 2.3-16 108k
Fresh repaint in original Blue Black paint
Trims repainted w/3M molding paint
Evo 1 front Lip and 2pc rear wing
Bosch Euro headlights
Euro amber front corner lights
Classic leather Nardi 4 prong steering wheel
425 Motorsport Seat Brackets
Carbon Fiber Recaro race seats
Reupholstered with UK sourced Grey Tartan
Matching Tartan shift boot
Recaro rear bucket seats
Rennstall aluminum shit knob
Brushed Steal wrapped trim pieces
Red seatbelts (F&R)
Red/Black Coco Matts (F&R)
New crack free dash with dash cap
Speedhut 10k tachometer
Red painted needles on cluster
Fire extinguisher tucked under pass seat
NLA H&R Cup Springs
NLA Adjustable dampening Koni Sport shocks
Custom adjustable rear camber arms
Brand new OE multilink rear suspension arms/new bushings
Brand new OE front lower control arms with bushings, balljoints
New steering shock, tie rods, sway bar links, and sway bar bushings
Weissach Front strut tower brace
Alignment performed at Provo Motorsports in Seattle
Wheels & Brakes
17x8 et35 (squared) Compomotive TH1 wheels
New lug bolts
Yokohama S Drives 235/40/17 (squared)
Synthetic high temp brake fluid
Stainless steel braided brake lines
Slotted and cross drilled Rotors
New Ceramic brake pads
New Genuine Mercedes intake cam sprocket, guide wheel, intermediary shaft, timing chain, guides, and tensioner.
Genuine MB head gasket, valve cover gasket, oil pan, front seal, rear main seal.
Genuine MB rod bearing set
New water pump
Upgraded W220 Alternator
Complete AC and lines delete
Cruise control delete
SLS pump delete
Heater core bypass
Fan and clutch delete
Thermal activated electric fan
New Moose radiator
Wrinkle black powdercoated Valve cover w/polished lettering.
750ml aluminum oil catch can w/AN line
AN Fuel lines.
ELBE Engineering complete EFI conversion with distributor delete, coil on plug setup. Camshaft position sensor & crank position sensor and Bosh injectors.
Spectre air intake
Bosch wideband o2 sensor, VEMS stand-alone
Tuned and dynoed by DUDMD Tuning in Auburn Wa 173whp (approx 205hp to crank)
Only used full synthetic Mobil 1 European 0w-40 and Lucas Oil Stabilizer
Factory tube headers, Gutted Cats, 2.5” piping to 2 aftermarket resonators and DTM style muffler. (Rear bumper valance has been notched so the exhaust would sit higher)
Dogleg 5spd flushed and filled with Redline MT Fluid
Lightened OEM flywheel
Spec Stage 1 clutch/pressure plate
New Genuine MB input shaft seal
3.27 Limited Slip Diff with new Redline fluid
Last edited by Vogin18; 01-14-2020 at 12:21 PM.
A few more
Nice car! What kind of coil on plugs are you using?
1985 190E 2.3-16 Euro
They came with the ELBE kit but I think they are Audi coils
why the 10k tach? where'd you get the rear spoiler from?
To support future engine build Spoiler and front lip are from Hedgehog Tuning
Very well done. I am envious of your EFI conversion. Was that conversion a difficult and heavily technical process? And where did you order your fuel rails and intake manifold?
For someone who had/has no idea what they were doing I’d say it was pretty difficult. Still not finished tuning. Gotta find someone who really knows what their doing. But it’s 85% there. It was essentially a “bolt on” kit from ELBE Engineering so the rail was included. I’m using the factory intake and throttle body
Thanks! This is good info. I also have no idea what I'm doing, so I'm happy to hear its possible, albeit pretty difficult. Does ELBE provide any installation support or instruction manual, or were you on your own to figure it out? And also, what stand alone do you have managing it?
Originally Posted by Vogin18
i did efi with itbs. built nearly everything myself and used a ms3pro standalone. i didn't think there was much to it. if you have general engine knowledge, i feel like it's easily doable.
Welcome! I believe I follow ya on IG. Cool car!
1993 190e 3.0
Nice car! What's your Instagram?
Yes, it was one of those things that seemed very intimidating to install but once done it was almost all straight forward as far as what goes where. I just wasn’t sure how much of the old wiring loom I was suppose to get rid of. Ended getting rid of the entire loom that wrapped around the right side of the motor (if your looking at your bay). Tuning however is a complete mystery to me and still needs some fine tuning from someone knowledgeable. I’m out of the country till about July so everything car related is on break for me atm
The ELBE kit included a VEMS stand-alone. There wasnt really an instruction manual on how to install all the hardware but they did include a manual and a wiring diagram of their wiring loom which is preassembled but ELBE. It was very helpful but I didn’t install it myself. I would recommend a knowledgeable auto electrician to wire it in for power. If you do decide on getting their kit I can provide any help that I can. I can send as many pictures as you need to show what goes where.
My IG is righteousrags89
Last edited by Vogin18; 01-16-2020 at 08:34 PM.
Thanks! That's all great info, much appreciated.
Originally Posted by Vogin18