Monday, May 23, 2016

What Am I? Lost In Translation

It's Monday morning, time for DT's mystery guessing game known as What Am I?  Today, we've got a picture of an engine -- you get to guess the car.



What am I? Comments below.

Update: Another photo of the car here.  Thanks to Philipp and Nora for the pictures from Havana!



23 comments:

  1. The valve cover makes it look like a Mercedes 2.2 OM601 diesel - perhaps this is the commercial version retrofitted to something older, like a Ponton car?

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  2. Not sure, but I think the key clue is the hood prop.

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  3. Looks '50s round, but the plastic tanks looks '80s or newer; the big cylindrical air filter says 'third world'.

    LHD which means not UK, Japan, HK, India, or various other places (unless someone flipped the image)

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  4. I want to guess that it's actually an American car('57 Chevy?) in Cuba with one of those engine swaps from some Russian or Eastern European diesel.

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    1. I like the way you are thinking.

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    2. After looking around a little more, I think the engine is from South Korea, from a ssangyong/Mercedes? The vehicle, still in Cuba, I dunno.

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    3. This image of a 2005 Musso 2.9L turbodiesel looks similar?

      https://img.tradingpost.com.au/2G9D6FHC/BGHX5Z/RD2Q-Boxed640x480.jpg

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    4. It would have to be an extensive swap, involving not just the engine but a late-model power brake setup with a dual-circuit plastic-reservoir master cylinder. But I suppose it's possible.

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    5. You guys are good. Very good. You've got the engine and location, just not vehicle.

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  5. Seems also that the windshield wipers cross in the middle (i.e. mounts are at the corners of window and go opposite directions). This could be a good future question for BAT, which is all cars that use this design (I suppose their is an official term for this system)

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    1. Regardless of what might be good on that other website, this is DT ;-)

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    2. Correct good sir. I will claim that as a Monday foul that will not be repeated.

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  6. I dunno. The world's fastest Volga pickup?

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  7. strange hood shape - 58 Coronet?

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    1. Ditto- '53 Bel Air?

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    2. BP -- you got it! A '53 Chevy Sedan, update the post with a pic of the car now.

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    3. [image src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YwABsTNYxYA/V0ONv0hh4dI/AAAAAAAAw6s/qJxJ_5_lYiQG5uHv5_oNAdMAU1GCH8AkACLcB/s640/6.jpg" width="400px"/]

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  8. When we took a taxi ride (pictured above) in a 1955 Dodge painted pink -- not an original color -- I detected that the engine didn't rumble like a 1950s V-8 should. I asked the driver if the car still had its original engine. "Oh no," he said proudly. "It has a Mercedes diesel."
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wayback-machines-the-classic-cars-of-cuba/

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  9. Some where in Havana....lol Amazing a lot of there cars seem to have chessy aftermarket wheels....

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