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Old 11-26-2019, 07:07 AM   #2
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Default Re: How I got the Bug

Too bad times change. Those old Mercedes vehicles were outstanding examples of excellent engineering.

I had a good German friend who bought and old Mercedes sedan for $200. Met him when I talked my Dad into buying a new 1955 Volkswagen bug. He showed up at the door to teach me about the car. He was a mailman and someone on his route could not get the Mercedes to run. He fixed it by finding a leak between the intake and exhaust manifold.

It was anemic as described above. More a door stop than a moving vehicle. His solution was to remove the sewing machine engine and replace it with a truck GMC straight six with double the displacement. That turned the car into an excellent vehicle. The install was immaculate and looked stock.
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