I read your article and some of your blog at one point. I was a bit disappointed though. I like the tech aspects of your ex-merc diesel as much as the idea of old school trail breaking.
Unfortunately you gloss over the important details saying it is too complicated to explain.
Fitting a diesel was hard, no doubt, but how was it done? What was the biggest issue?
Why could you not pop the body and fit another? You know it fits, lifting the body takes a couple hours, not even a day. Had to have been cheaper,easier and faster than buying a new one and swapping your parts.
I am sure that your articles would be well recieved if you put a bit more actual information in them.
I started following you in instagerm, hopeful for some good pics of your adventure.
Thanks for the feedback, I'll take that on board and improve my posts.
I paid a mechanic to install the diesel, because it's over my head as a backyard mechanic. There were numerous issues and workarounds and custom fab jobs, all of which I wasn't very involved in, and honestly don't have the skills to do, or really explain.
I have no house, no tools, no job, and no ability to lift the body or do a major swap like that. Sourcing another OM606 would have been a month or more, as would have swapping everything over (oil pump, oil pan, injection pump with timing, adapter, etc. etc.). I don't have time or money for that. I burnt money every day I hung around waiting for it, and if I spent any more money or time on it, I wouldn't have enough to go to Africa.
With my current situation it just wasn't meant to be, and I had to choose between having a diesel JK, or going to Africa. It sucks, but that's the way it goes.