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Old 04-11-2019, 10:52 AM   #1
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Hello everyone, I suspect this question has been raised before, but after searching the posts, I couldn't find what I was looking for, so hoping you can offer some guidance. I have been looking for my first tri-five and prefer a manual transmission over the automatic. Many cars would have fit the bill except for the automatic tranny. Now I begin to wonder if I should go ahead with the auto for now if the car is everything else I want and consider swapping the tranny down the road. I am thinking that would open me up to going with a four speed or even a Tremec five speed which would offer more friendly highway performance. Now its important to understand I would not be doing this work myself which means I have to find someone to hire. Question is, really two questions...rough ballpark, what am I looking at as far as $$$$$ and what is the opinion on going with the five speed over the four speed if I was to do this? Thanks to all in advance for any input!! Really appreciate everyone here who is so helpful. John in Wisconsin
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You will be better off with the five speed. I run a 4 speed and a high numerical axle and get 7 miles per gallon. To have a modification done would be very costly, I would think several thousands of dollars unless you have a donor vehicle.
New bell housing, clutch and fly wheel, new drive shaft, new clutch and brake pedal assembly, new transmission, floor pan modifications, new shift linkage, steering column rework, new shifter and boot. Perhaps a seat modification if a bench seat. In addition but not necessary a transmission cross member....
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Another option if you found the car your happy with and it happens to have a floor shift auto is to have the gear box manualized.
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Another option if you found the car your happy with and it happens to have a floor shift auto is to have the gear box manualized.
Thanks Angs1957! Oddly enough, I just re-opened this thread to ask that exact question when I saw your reply. Earlier today I happened to find a really nice 56 with a floor shift auto and wondered if the fact that the car has floor shift would benefit a conversion to the manual. Seems to me that some of the fabrication work would already be done. Any further discussion of how the conversion would proceed would be appreciated. Maybe you could explain what you mean by having the gear box manualized? Thanks in advance!
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To change over from auto to manual requires quite a few parts and a good bit of labor. You need the clutch pedal assembly, the floor rubber mat/seal with the opening for the clutch rod, the frame bracket for the z-bar (which you may have to have welded on the frame as I understand the bolt on kind don't hold up), the z-bar, linkage and clutch fork. Then you need a bellhousing, either side rear motor mounts if using stock front motor mounts, or a trans cross member if using front side motor mounts, flywheel, throw out bearing, crank pilot bearing, clutch and pressure plate, likely fine spline driveshaft yoke and new ujoint, possibly might have to shorten the drive shaft a little. Then you need the transmission, shifter, boot.

If you really want a stick shift, and this is just my opinion, I think you would be time and dollars ahead holding out for a car with a stick set up already in place, especially since you are not going to be doing the work yourself.
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If you really want a stick shift, and this is just my opinion, I think you would be time and dollars ahead holding out for a car with a stick set up already in place, especially since you are not going to be doing the work yourself.
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As we and the car ages, more so us, that's an excellent choice.
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