The Mercedes purrs like a kitten! Chased the rats nest of wiring and she fired right up! Got the front driveshaft under the jeep, and got to take it for its first drive! Not it's time for getting the brakes in and fuel system buttoned up. Then all the little things will surface.
So stoked! I can't wait to get it on the road.
Also, the adapter from Mercedes 4x4 adapters mates the om617 to an ax15 bell housing and clutch. According to what I've read, my existing t4 has the same pattern as the ax15, with the difference potentially being in the pilot shaft diameter. I have a lathe so I can turn a bushing to adapt the two if need be. Using my t4 is attractive because I don't need to purchase a clocking ring for the ax15 and setup for hydraulic clutch, new tranny mounts, ect. Obviously the ax15 is superior to the t4 in terms of durability but the Benz engine makes comparable hp to my current setup but with less tq, so I think I'm fine for a while.
Let me know what you think!