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450 gaser engine (bay) dimensions?
I am highly interested in getting a (G&K) 450 ('05, 0.7L turbo) in the near future.. but the thing is.. I actually want a diesel to run biodiesel (that I plan on making myself, and not the simple backyard method).
I know that more than a few CDIs are floating around the US - even some for sale right now, but I would actually prefer to have something with more solid paper work. I've actually called the NHTSA to gain insight on a certain CDI in the States and they had no records of it being legally processed w/ a conformity package, and although tracking them down for seizure is a job for Border patrol - at the border - they wont be putting man power into trying to collect them at this point. They actually told me this 'off the record', so feel safe if you have one.
Be it as it may, from what I have read, the CDI is quite lame in comparison to the turbo gaser.. so a straight swap (considering going across the border for an engine? maybe do a swap/trade with a Canadian that wants the turbo petrol instead) isn't all too desired.
I would actually like to know more about the swap Leroy did, but due to being a new member and lack of posts I cannot PM just yet. He has certainly listed the components and a few mods needed elsewhere, but nothing indepth that I was able to find - no dedicated post on the swap.
As such, I am looking at possible alternative diesel engine makes, but without possession of a 450 in my garage, I am not actually having any luck finding dimensions of the current M160 (nor OM660) engines from any technical documents to compare with something that may "drop in" and actually fit (without too many mods). Would anyone have these dimensions - or available space in the engine bay? even if you have a spare laying around and you use a measuring tape.. it could help me determine what I may be able to use.
I understand it will be a bit of a project, and maybe even sacrilege of altering a legally imported (via conformation) 450 gaser - but it's what I am interested in.