stretch wrote:Thanks for the replies. Just the sort of input i was seeking. Baddy, can you explain your reasons for the preference for the 717.117 box please.?
Main goal is strength and reliability and simplicity of the conversion.
Simple, it's maybe the toughest MB gearbox ever produced, it was designed as a HD gearbox for MB vans and small van-like trucks. It's dead reliable, it will go for milions of Kms if not damaged by oil starvation.
It's a pretty much a straight in swap, the bellhousing can be changed to fit a number of MB engines . You'd need to adjust the shift linkage, adapt the shifter to a new shift patern and eventualy shorten the driveshaft.
Talk to Vadim on this forum he's a go to guy...