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W108 rear end/trans strength?

I'm curious if any has had some experience putting some power through the drivetrain on a w108. I've got a 71 280se and have some ideas for the engine department that are making me wonder if the rear ends will hold much power, also, if the automatic trans will hold much power.

I know its a fairly general question, but I'm hoping someone out there has some experience in this area.

Thanks in advance.
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Yes, the rear end will hold up to it. My own engine swap ideas came from my dad, who put a Mustang 289 into a 108 when I was in high school. He souped the thing up to an estimated 250 hp. Years later (about 23 years later), after hitting the gas hard, towing things and such, for decades, the rear end hasn't given out.
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