1970 Mercedes 280SL engine bay without engine and with engine installed.

1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

This gorgeous 1970 Mercedes 280SL came to us late last summer with a blown radiator that lead to a blown head gasket.

So we sent the engine to our machine shop to be built to our spec, with custom billet pistons, new rings, new oil pump, new valves, seats, timing chain, and chain tensioners. With the rebuilt engine, this car is running better than when it was new!


For more pictures of our ongoing and completed projects, visit our Facebook page!

E30 with a Supercharged S52 Tube Frame Front End

There are some builds that allow the team at Total Motor Werkes to be creative with our fabrication, and this E30 equipped with a supercharged S52 is one of those builds.

This E30 came to us incomplete with the engine swap already performed, and we are in the process of fabricating a tube frame front end to leave room for the necessary cooling system components for a build with high heat demands. Utilizing DOM tubing, the tube frame is also designed to be serviceable and safe while providing additional structural reinforcement.

The photos below are of the tube frame in progress.

Building a tube frame front end for a Supercharged S52 in an E30

Building the front end

Building a tube frame front end for a Supercharged S52 in an E30


Building a tube frame front end for a Supercharged S52 in an E30


BMW E30 325i Custom Fabricated Headlight Bracket

Headlights mounted up with custom brackets


Total Motor Werkes Custom Fabricated Rad Hold Down for S52 Swapped Supercharged E30

Designing and building the rad hold down

Total Motor Werkes Designed Tube Frame Front End for a Supercharged S52-Swapped BMW E30

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Vortech Supercharger on an S52-Swapped BMW E30


Vortech supercharger on a BMW S52 engine in a BMW E30

Getting a breath of fresh air

S52-Swapped Supercharged BMW E30 with a Tube Frame Front End LED Headlight Conversion

LED Headlights Installed

Coming back together again!

Rad shroud and splitter installed

We designed a custom air to water reservoir to increase the capacity of the A2W system by 3x!

15L Meth Tank Installed in Trunk

Although these are just a few samples of the work in progress, you can visit our Facebook page, or to see this car in action watch the video of it at Cayuga!