Thank you all for your well-wishes I'll be leaving for Area52 first thing tomorrow and will try to update with progress at the end of each day..
Incidently she's on 299779 as of this evening so I don't think the 300k will be achieved before the swap I'm sure it would have made it but I just haven't had any need to do the miles and can't afford to drive around (@ ~20mpg) just to prove it
Looking forward to this weekend. It was cool seeing the engine arrive, and it sounds like you got a great deal on it. Such a shame we won't get to see it running it's full potential once it's bolted in, damn having to run it in.
I gotta admit, when I started reading this, I was thinking 'what a shame a very heavily loaded 190 2.6E is being stripped' (as it's quite rare to find a W201 as heavily specced as yours) BUT, the more I read the thread, the more I can understand and appreciate what's going on. I've been tempted myself, to acquire a W201 2.6, and bung in an M103 3 litre 12 valve, as that really would be a straight swap. I didn't think the 24 valve would be as easy, but, sounds like it is.
A shame the original engine has finally carked it at 300K, a bloody good innings for any engine, and, it would probably live on with some repairs. The 6 cylinders do seem to have a slight weakspot with the headgasket. My old 300TE, that I recently parted with (I miss it somewhat) had HG failure at around 120,000 miles according to the previous receipts.
Best of luck with the rest of the project, I will be reading this with interest, as with the extreme weight loss program, this is going to be one quick car. They're neat handling cars as standard, so, should be brilliant by the time you're finished.
One big tip, though you probably know this, get a couple of spare ignition modules on standby, they're quite pricey, even secondhand, so when you see them cheap, snap them up .