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Speedometer differences

Through the extensive knowledge of this forum, I have learned that there are differences between the automatic instrument cluster and the five speed instrument cluster. Does anyone know what those differences are? I have heard that the automatic has an indicator for gear selection that the manual doesn't have...does anyone know if that is true?

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Automatic does indeed have a gear selection indicator on the tach. Supposedly the speedo is different too (different part # atleast). I havent seen the two (5sp vs auto speedos) side by side to verify. The rest of the gauges should be a direct swap.
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Thanks livewirevoodoo. I think someone has put a manual transmission instrument cluster in my 87 and it should have been an automatic. I don't have those indicators and my speedometer doesn't work. SoCal Driver mentioned that it might be the gear inside and I haven't had a chance to check that out yet, but I am planning on doing that tonight. But someone had told me that they were different (might have been you) and I was looking to see if there was anything that would tell me for sure if the instrument cluster was from a manual transmission car or not. If the gear looks okay, I guess my next plan is to replace the whole instrument cluster from an automatic. I appreciate your help.
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