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Old 11-19-2001, 02:42 PM
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Manual conversion for SL

My girlfriend loves the 450/380/560 SL bodystyle (107?). She hates the idea of an automatic transmission. She thinks she can buy a car and I'll be able to put a 5 speed in it. It's not unheard of to do this with BMWs but all the parts are readily available in the US.

I'm guessing this is such a PITA (or so expensive) that noone in his right mind would bother. Am I right? Would everything have to come from Europe?

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Mike
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Old 11-19-2001, 03:00 PM
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You would be better off finding a grey-market version of the 107 with a manual, like the six-cylinder 280SL. Just make sure you can find a venue to service this car, as many MB dealers won't.
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Old 11-19-2001, 04:13 PM
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Check with an expert. I understand the AT V8 engines don't have provisions in the crankshaft for a pilot bearing. This would mean an engine and transmission swap unless it's possible to modify the crankshaft while in the car.

MBs don't shift like other cars. Many swear by it, but make sure she likes how it feels before spending the money.

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Old 11-19-2001, 06:37 PM
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Thanks for the quick and helpful replies. If there's no provision for a pilot bearing, it's a non-starter.

Mike
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Old 11-19-2001, 06:39 PM
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Don't quote me on it...
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