pinzmeister-uk wrote:I've fitted a few pinzies with the Mercedes 2.9 non turbo diesel engine and gearbox, ( search dreadnoughts posts ) the gearbox gives an overdrive 5th gear which gives a top speed of 100kph and fuel consumption in excess of 26mpg.
Hi everyone. I'm a newbi to this forum and from Southern Africa, live in South Africa but born in the old Rhodesia.
I'm in the process of restoring and eventually camper converting an old 712 I recently purchased.
This thread is of particular interest to me since I also own a few VW T3 Syncros most of which I have converted to Toyota 3CT diesels.
Why, most of you are asking, because I consider the Syncro to be one of the most capable 'soft' 4x4's on the market which I believe VW should have developed further.In fact I would venture to say that the only vehicle (of that era) that beats the Syncro's 4x4 ability is the Gelandewagen (which I also have
). True its NOT very tough, but I'd much rather venture into Africa with my 'Diesel' Syncro then a land rover or Toyota. It gets me where I want to go (and believe me I'm not interested in the well developed tracks) and provides comfort second to non. I have a few Utube videos to proove my point
Its main draw backs are the approach and departure angles (NOT roll over angle since its wheel base is in fact short wheel base) and the petrol engine which just doesn't have the Torque a 4x4 needs and cannot handle water crossings.
And that is why I'm "thinking" about a Diesel conversion on my Pinzgauer.
I must say that I'm extremely impressed with the Pienz's 2.5L petrol which started with no problem after standing for four years. My main problem is now having to replace the two seal rings and most of the Split axle boots, and at an exchange rate of US$14 to the ZARand its ludicrous! (PS any donations of those items would be appreciated, even second hand
) By the way if I do decide to convert I will have a motor for sale
SO, tell me more about the Mercedes 3L D conversions (another diesel motor I consider to be TOPS!) or peraps the Mercedes 2.5L TD?
Does anyone have any details of whats involved?
With the Syncros I had to use the Syncro gearbox so it meant having to make an adapter plate, but if I use the Mercedes engine and gearbox I won't have that problem. Question is should I go automatic or Manuel? I've always believed in Manuel because it allows me to push start if I have a flat battery, but Jumper leads also work. Manual also gives me more control 4x4'ing but from my ex military experience the automatic box is a pleasure.
Now I'll sit back and take the Flack!