So Speedhunters featured this nice Chevy Small Block swapped W108 Mercedes. Pretty cool, and the engine bay is proper showcar stuff. Now here's my question: how does this shaving and cleaning the engine bay of everything non-essential thing work? There must be a reason why the factory needs all of that space, so where do the other parts go? Does it only work with specific, simple engines? Or does such a showcar become utterly useless for daily driving if treated like that?

I'm not an expert on the technical stuff, so if in doubt, explain it as if you're talking to an idiot.