Monday, October 27, 2014

What Am I? Oiled Up

Welcome to another edition of DT's cure for the Monday morning blues -- What Am I?  In this better than getting ebola from a bowling ball game we find a random picture of a car and you get to guess what it is. Last week, we featured a picture of the undercarriage of a '62 Pontiac Catalina, and a close guess from Fleetwood T Brougham almost solved the puzzle, but it took RyanM's sharp eBay skills to find the actual car.  The commenters appreciated the harder puzzle, so today's WAI feature is a doozy.  Just what am I anyway? Update with answers below.

If you thought a Jeep Cherokee with 33 inch mud tires was slow, just wait until you put a Mercedes-Benz inline-5 under the hood...because that is exactly what happened to this 2000 Jeep Cherokee with MBZ diesel power that recently sold for $6,821 via eBay.  I was keen to be devious in this WAI feature, since the car was active on eBay when the post went live, but only for about 7 minutes.  Then it went into the recent sales section, so by the time the Mercedes guys chimed in about the engine and the Jeep guys identified the chassis, the actual listing was in the archive, forcing carchivist extraordinaire Kaibeezy to dig deep into his reserves to eBay-Fu to find this pile of smoking diesel fumes.  Great job to Hugh, Handsome & Dirty, and Kaibeezy for the tag team solution.

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  1. make that a mercedes 300 Geländewagen diesel

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    1. Very nice coo-pay. But barring the engine itself, compare the engine bay shot (taken at approximately the same angle) to the photo above...

    2. well, i didn't mean to imply it was the one - it just happened to be one i found while doing recon

      at the risk of revealing the shallow depths of my knowledge, why doesn't the whatsit car have an air cleaner?

    3. That is a Mercedes diesel engine...but it isn't living in a 300D, Volvo 240 or G-Wagen...
      My money is on KBZ finding it....but this will stretch his car-search-fu.

    4. 1J4FF48S8YL156989

      not the best use of my time, boss - lunch on you?

    5. ARGH I just checked completed listings and found it. Man I'm one step behind everyone today. Nice job. Back to "work". hah.+

    6. For future reference once the ebay link dies, this was a 2000 XJ, OM617 swap, 5-spd manual, 4x4, sale price = $6821.

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  4. It's in an XJ Cherokee.

    1. haha I was just coming here to post that!

    2. Just in time!

    3. Next task... finding it. Could be an XJ or an MJ... Checked ebay but might have missed it. No clue where to start on craigslist.

    4. Hmm, I was wondering why there wasn't any linkage for the gas pedal / throttle / accelerator ( none of which really apply in this case ) and or whatever they call the "strangler" in places not in aller weldt

    5. as a matter of fact, I don't see how the engine power is controlled and how the hell is someone supposed to shut the engine off other than stalling it?
      Reminds me of a 300d we had with no vacuum. Valet parking was a real hoot

      Me "Let me park it, you don't know how to shut it off"
      Lot attendant "Don't worry, I can drive anything.!"

      Two hours later return to the parking garage and the car is still running.

    6. Hugh -- many years ago I had a 300d auto that I would shove into drive and turn the key off to get it to slowly die. Turning off the 240d manual I had later was a much more violent procedure. In gear. Key off. Drop clutch.

    7. Maybe Jeep builder guy just made his own mechanical throttle linkage coming up from below. If you did it right, you could rig the pedal to kill the engine if pulled up via toes jammed between pedal and floormat.


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