Thanks KamalD & Jeepaholic for the replies to the post.
The engine was installed. Jeepaholic had a made to measure radiator fabricated from Pindi. We placed the battery and the moment of truth came. I had my reservations about the gearbox; it’s a MB original and was not sure if it would work with our 3CT engine. Anyhow I wanted Jeepaholic to have the honor of the first ride. The clutch shifted the gear like butter and the jeep moved. Relief!!! The engine roared, to us jeep lovers it was melodious. As the sun had set it was dark and the electrical work had not been completed. The MB was to be driven without light. So we decided that I would drive in Jeepaholic’s car to provide us with the road light.
Shifting between gears we could not get much speed. Our thought was to get the great box changed. We soon found out that the 4X4 gear was set in. As soon as the gear lever was returned to its normal position it worked beautifully. It still will not give you top speed but the gear ratio would be amazing for off road trips. We parked the MB and called it a day!
The next morning I went hunting for a good electrician. All the wiring had to be done. The generator was to be connected. Ignition, lights the entire electrical works needed to be re-done. We asked the electrician to pull the old wiring out and had it replaced. It took hours. To keep warm as it was getting cold we went for a walk, the fresh smell of “afghani tikkas” lured us to the restaurant nearby. After feasting we had a slice of ‘baklawa’ each with some tea to wash it down. Energized we went back to the MB.
Most of the work was done. The electrician was paid. I was to drive my MB home. As I stepped on the gas the fan whistled and my love for the MB was confirmed.
I got up early the following morning. The day’s agenda was to get the silencer fixed and a battery box made. I got the silencer done. And the MB drove better or so I think …. One thing is for sure it is a head turner. I could not resist a little off road in the greenbelt area which now is unfortunately being converted to a road……. I am back in Lahore but the MB needs a few more things. An air filter, fuel filter assembly, battery, box, radiator restraints, fan shield and most importantly the vehicle needs to be balanced. Will report on that and more. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. I would highly recommend the 3-CT on this vehicle.
Finally my special thanks to Jeepaholic who will hopefully get an MB soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ps. If someone is selling Rocky axels and parts i might be interested.