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Automatic to manual conversion question

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#1 ShawnW


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Posted 17 February 2004 - 01:59 AM

Do I have to enlarge the hole for the gear selector?

Car is an 83 GL Wagon that originally had a 3AT 4x4 in it. Im putting a 5spd in.

#2 GeneralDisorder


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Posted 17 February 2004 - 02:06 AM

The hole is a different size, yes. I'm not sure how much or where you will need to cut - that also depends on if you are going to be using the stock D/R selector with something like Jerry's kit... When I swapped over to a 4 speed D/R from a 5 speed 2WD, I had to enlarge the hole towards the back to fit the D/R shifter shaft.... I also had to bolt in the D/R selector lever mount from a 4WD car, since that is not actually present in a non-D/R car....


#3 MilesFox


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Posted 17 February 2004 - 10:53 AM

1st and reverse are gionna be your biggest clearance issues. dont be afraid to take out the jigsaw. much easier than cutting out and swapping the whole tunnel.

just run thru the gears, and watch to see where the shifter hits, and trim away enbough to get it into gear, maybe take a few tries so you dont cut too much the first time

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