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'72 280 SE 4.5 Transmission Swap?

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My 1972 SE 280 4.5 Gas powered V8 is having some transmission issues. The mechanics are having a hard time sourcing parts so far and quoting me between $2,500 and $5,000 to rebuild. I'm wondering if there's a transmission swap I could do with a different model/make that would be less expensive.

Or, is there a parts supplier to provide more reasonably priced parts for the 72 transmission.

I searched the forums, but did not see a topic specific to transmission swaps.

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Not to steal the thread, but I wonder if there are outfits that can produce adapter plates and such to hook up a non-Benz tranny. That poor three speed really sings at highway speeds. I'd love to find something to bring the revs down - maybe a chevy 5 speed OD...
How about a shorter ratio rear axle .
I may have one.
Depending how healthy your motor is.....
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