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Old 04-13-2019, 06:21 PM   #11
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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

John There is no doubt that to buy a car with a good working 4 speed is more than likely cheaper. I have seen in my lifetime where a person purchased a car that was changed over from auto to stick and both labor and the parts were very much sub standard. For my own particular taste I would want to do this myself and then the responsibilty is all mine.

Not everyone has the patience to do this job and make it look like it came from the factory with the 4 speed in the car. There are just too many difference areas of expertise needed to do this job. For instance if you want to do this 100% correct you will need to remove the steering jacket from the steering column and remove the part that holds the shift arm. That requires time and at the same time remove the speed O group from the dash and remove the part that indicates P R Drv and what ever else is on there that indicates an auto trans. Now there are some that will say this is unnecessary but that is the way I have always done it. You will need to remove the oil lines from the trans to the radiator and properly plug the oil. Then you will need to hook up the back up lights . So I am just mentioning a few of the odd ball jobs that don't come quickly to mind when you begin to think about this job.

There is a tremendous amount of satisfaction to be earned from doing this job or an work on your tri five chev that will stay with you for a life time. Three of the guys presently on Tri Five.com that I know come to mind about changing a car over. The first guy is capable of doing all of the work, second guy can do most of the work and the third guy does what he can and farms the rest out to others that will do it for him. But this he finishes the car. Each does great work. Each has his own personal satisfaction from doing the best that he can. Currently I am getting ready to retire but I have built more than a handful of tri five cars and have a lot of satisfaction from all the work I have done as well as everthing I have learned. the quality time I spent with my older brother over the years as he taught me well, God Bless Him and all the experts here on Tri five.com that have given to me. Thank you
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Thanks so much Muncieman!! You taking the time to provide a very complete reply is very much appreciated and certainly is "food for thought".
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