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Old 04-07-2002, 11:48 PM
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Auto to manual conversion

I love my 84 380 SL but would love it even more with a 5 speed manual transmission. Is it possible to pull the auto transmission out and replace it with an MBZ manual?
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Old 04-08-2002, 05:46 AM
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A company in Australia, , does 5 spd conversions on the 6.9 and 6.3's and I asked them about doing a 560SEL and they said they could. It was expensive though but would be a top quality conversion. They have pedal boxes etc.

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Old 04-08-2002, 11:59 AM
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Best bet would be to get the parts from a Euro junk yard. I have a W126 with a manual trany but it is gray market. I have heard that a lot of the cars were manual in Europe. I believe some sl's came over to the US with manual transmissions so that may be a source here in the states. If you find a donor car it should not be hard to do. There would not be any need for aftermarket pedal boxes as the chassis comes with a clutch on some models with them. All you need is a clutch master cylinder and possibly a smaller brake pedal. The master cylinder is located inside the car and gets fluid from the brake reservoir. You may even be able to use the 6 cylinder transmission. The shift rods may be hard to convert if they are from a different chassis, but even that is not that hard.
My wife would love for me to convert the car to automatic, but I say no way! It is kind of strange driving a big sedan with a manual but I like it!
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Old 04-08-2002, 02:39 PM
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Mattman, Silverboat,
Thanks very much for reply. Very encouraging information.
Iowa Pete
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