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W113 Pagoda SL Group => Research & Development => Topic started by: PagodaMafia on March 24, 2018, 01:53:19

Title: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: PagodaMafia on March 24, 2018, 01:53:19
Hello, decided to spin up a fresh topic on my experience converting the terrible sluggish factory 4 spd to 6spd. The transmission from purchase from small boutique engineering firm in Poland that has been making a name for themselves in the European resto-modding scene.  Without out doubt the most rewarding modification. The transmission totally transforms the cars driveability and higher speed cruising, not to mention the acceleration and torque. iIt actually feels like proper sports car. Anyway will post up some pics of the conversion and videos if anybody is interest?

Title: Re: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: doitwright on March 24, 2018, 02:53:44
Anyway will post up some pics of the conversion and videos if anybody is interest?

Of course we would like to see some pics.
Title: Re: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: Kevkeller on March 26, 2018, 13:09:56
Yes please.  I’m in need of a new tranny sometime.

Thank you,

Kevin
Title: Re: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: Rudolf Thom on March 26, 2018, 17:52:51
hi,

if you like to order one, please ride here k-max@live.de

thanks
tom
Title: Re: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: Rudolf Thom on March 26, 2018, 17:55:43
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMRBItafryM

Title: Re: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: Kevkeller on March 26, 2018, 19:50:36
What is the cost?  Are there modifications that need to be made or does it drop right in?  Does the company have to do the change out or can the owner do the work?
Title: Re: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: 66andBlue on March 26, 2018, 19:56:52
hi,

if you like to order one, please ride here k-max@live.de

thanks
tom
In the Wanted to Buy forum you claimed that 312 of your transmissions are installed in Pagodas.
Thus, let me repeat my questions here:

Where are these Pagodas located? Can you provide some proof for your claims?
How many are driving around in the USA? Can one contact a few dozen of these 312 Pagoda owners and ask them how satisfied they are, what problems they encountered during installation (if any), any subsequent repairs, etc, etc. ?
Otherwise all your claims remain virtual and not substantive.

Title: Re: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: PagodaMafia on April 17, 2018, 15:54:21
Hi Gentleman sorry for my late response. My 3 month old daugther has been keeping me busy.  My little 280 sl is located in Sydney. My mechanic Alex is brillant had it installed in 2 days. That said the kit was professionally put together. I have  heaps of pics can some tell me if i am allowed to post links to google photos. The guys at anna tom are amazing... not at all "virtual" and extremely professional and properly engineered no parts bin antics. Ken if you want Skype i can go and visit Alex and you can ask him stuff. Again not sure if it is forum policy ??
Title: Re: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: PagodaMafia on April 17, 2018, 16:03:31
See link i posted on offical w113 forum google group. https://plus.google.com/114683331210504169942/posts/TyY57Eo4Few
Title: Re: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: doitwright on April 18, 2018, 16:07:45
I went to the photo link but only 4 pictures appear. The other photos are black screens. Your carpet shifter cutout indicates an automatic trans previously. Good to hear about your positive results.
Title: Re: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: PagodaMafia on May 11, 2018, 00:32:06
Hi doitwright. Again family have been keeping me busy. Try to look at the pics again they are all on google drive and high res so if you on slower internet connection it might black out while it down loads
Title: Re: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: billhon on September 03, 2018, 02:17:52
I agree with Frank. We need to establish some credibility on this tyranny conversion. If it's phenomenal then 100's will sell overnight. Thanks.
Title: Re: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: Benz Dr. on September 03, 2018, 03:22:47
Unless there's a substantial gear ratio change in 1st, 2nd, and third gear, I'm having a difficult time imagining how the same car with all other parts being the same, can suddenly transform into a cafe racer just by changing the transmission. What's the final drive ratio in 6th gear?  And further to that, how is the MB 4 speed trans is sluggish? Are you referring to the auto trans - I could agree to that to some degree? You only have about 175 HP to work with so even on a good day, regardless of how you chop it up, you still have the same old salad. 

 Mr. Mafia? What's the rear axle ratio in your car right now? This is where performance comes from and 5 or 6 speed transmissions change that final drive to higher axle ratios inside the trans. I would not go higher than 3.27 and only in a 280SL with a 4 speed gear box. If you can keep your final drive ratio at or above 3.27 then it should be OK. This would indicate to me that your six speed is a close ratio gear box in 5th and 6th gears, or that 5th is 1:1 and 6th is overdrive.   
Title: Re: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: MikeSimon on September 03, 2018, 16:44:03
I am with the Benz Dr, here on this subject. (probably because we are both naturally "Doubting Thomases"). An optimum transmission "tuning" is done together with the engine power curves.
Ideally, you would reach a "shift-up" point when engine rpm reaches the hp max point. After upshift, engine rpm ideally should drop to the max torque point.
This way, you will have optimum engine performance in every gear. Of course, you can add an "overdrive" with a ratio that allows you to just hold your speed somewhat, which means it will drop engine rpm to somewhere below max torque.
The "wider" the power band of the motor is, the less gears you would need. For a narrow power band, you need more gears. Considering that our Pagodas were originally designed when the emission and compliance bureaucrats in the governments weren't all that abundant, I think our cars are doing pretty well the way they are. But if somebody comes up with a set-up that will allow him to beat a Porsche GT3 on the track - more power to them (punt intended)! 8) 8)
Title: Re: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: Jowe on September 03, 2018, 19:53:32
I found this info, which I beleive is the tranny discussed: https://oldtimer-ersatzteile24.de/6-speed-gearbox-for-Mercedes-230SL-W113-Pagode
Title: Re: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: PagodaMafia on March 27, 2019, 12:58:36
Jowe, that is definitely the transmission from Anna Thom.
Title: Re: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: jeffc280sl on May 05, 2019, 19:27:18
I understand Benz Dr. comments.  I have a rebuilt stock manual transmission and 3,27 rear end.  They seem perfectly mated and I enjoy the car at in all gears.  I can see where some improvement could be had with closer gear ratio changes.  While my shift bushings are new the gear shifting experience is good for a 50 year old car. I can see where a more precise shift mechanism and closer gear ratios would be nice to have.  I like my setup and don't think I'll change my mind.
Title: Re: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: teahead on June 24, 2019, 23:01:57
Any major modifications required?

Driveshaft shortening?

Tunnel enlargement?

Cutting/welding, etc.?

Title: Re: 6 Speed conversion using Anna Thom Engineering Transmission
Post by: Benz Dr. on June 25, 2019, 00:13:59
Drive shaft would very likely need to be shorter but maybe that's part of the kit.