Date registered: Mar 2007
Location: Goldcoast, Queensland
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
my experiance is alot of reading, i have wanted to convert my 450SLC to manual for along time, hence i have read as much as i can about the mercedes 4speed manuals they had at the time on the 350/450 engines and most seem to agree that in general the gearbox was clunky and not very fast shifting when compared with the 5speed getrag manuals that were in comparable cars like the BMWs etc. some of the AMG and purpose built mercs ended up with the 5speed getrag, but very rare.
Well dsan, i am just suggesting that if your car has been restored and is in good condition you sell it and look around for a restored 280SE. Will save you money and alot of hastles with getting the auto into your car etc along with changing over all the parts. With the manual been more expensive due to its general rarity as a Mercedes manual you will be able to buy a similar condition car with money left over for some extra work if needed/wanted.
But if your heart is in the car, it will be a fairly easy change over as the parts should be readily available at auto recyclers second hand. And i am sure some people will want the manual gearbox/peddles etc to put in there car to make back some money on the labor costs. You will need to change the peddle box, torque converter, transmission, maybe change over the flywheel and run a kickdown switch and pressure line to the auto and that will be about all you need.