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Auto to Manual switch.

Hey guys, im looking to get a new P car because i miss mine. If i buy a automatic, how hard is it to do a conversion to manual. I've got a parts car thats a manual so i should have all the parts i need. Anyone have some advice/ prior knowlage for me?

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I have done a few, not 944s. Best to do what you have; a donor car.

Not for the faint of heart and expect glitches along the way. Things like the clutch hydraulics and even the clutch and such may not be good on the donor, so reserve some cash for "new" parts along the way.

If you have the time, some $$ and the talent (not to mention patience) it can be done and would be a great learning experience.
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I have done this to a 86 944. it was fairly easy with a few unexpected problems like Moneyguy said. I got almost all of my parts from a donor car, but the slave cylinder was bad so i bought a new one. If you have any specific questions, email me.
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well beagle, expect a message
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Hey, seabolt, what are you going to do with the automatic parts? If the t-handle shifter and the linkage for the shifter lights on the dash are good i would like to buy them off you. E-mail at: trejomig37@msn.com. Thanks.
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Im not sure im going to do it unless the auto trans goes out on me or something, but ill definantly write that down and let you know.
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I have done 2 conversions. One on a late car and one on a 84. It is not that bad, just very time consuming. One thing that I have learned, is that you don't have to switch out the torque tube. You can use a automatic tube in a 5-speed, but you can't use the tube from a manual car in a automatic. The automatic tube has a cut in it for the c-clip on the dampner. It is a bolt in operation, the only cutting you have to do is the supports for the automatic shifter. The bolt studs are already there for the clutch master cylinder. You do have to change out the flywheel, and the bell housing.
Let me know if you have any other questions. More than glad to help
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awesome, sounds simple enough. We'll have to see if i actually do it or not. Not quite sure i trust my self enough to take the trans out.
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I did a lot of rear engined swaps in my misspent youth (Corvairs, VWs, an occasional 356 and 912).

I got three hefty casters, made a "cart" out of these and 2 x 6 boards. Used this to slide out engines from underneath. Jack up car, slide in cart, lower engine unto cart and roll out. Can't see why that would not work for the transaxle as well.

Oh...used two scissors jacks to lower the engine to the cart. Bolted them to the cart about a foot apart.

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