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Early Manual Transmission swapped into a late model??

My automatic transmission has went bad in my 1988 Porsche 944 N/A. I have a 1985 (early) 944 N/A as a parts car. I know some things can interchange and some cannot. Can I take the manual transmission out of the early and put it in the late? Would this work? Would I need any additional parts for this swap?
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The trans will fit/work but you won't have a speedometer drive signal.
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The trans will fit/work but you won't have a speedometer drive signal.
Is there any way to get the speedometer to work?
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How much do you want to spend?

It could easily cost as much as buying the right transmission to begin with.

The 85 trans has a mechanical cable speedometer drive, the 88 is electronic.
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How much do you want to spend?

It could easily cost as much as buying the right transmission to begin with.

The 85 trans has a mechanical cable speedometer drive, the 88 is electronic.
Are you saying it's gonna cost a lot to make the speedmeter work? What would I need to make it work?
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you buy this kit, but for the same cost you could just find a late 944 trans.
https://www.lindseyracing.com/LR/Parts/968SPEDO.html
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Um, not so fast. The '85 probably has a case that is machined to take the speedo sender. Take a look at it, where the speedo sender goes. If you find a steel plug with an allen socket head, you're in luck. The plug can be removed, and the sender's needed pinion, drive sprocket, bushing, and sender installed, easy task -- perhaps simply swapped from your current transmission. Alternatively I can provide the parts as good used ones.
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you buy this kit, but for the same cost you could just find a late 944 trans.
https://www.lindseyracing.com/LR/Parts/968SPEDO.html
Where can I find a trans for $170?
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where are you located?
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where are you located?
Peterstown, WV
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Send a PM to Pelican users "gravesjeg" (Maryland) and/or "plyhammer" (Ohio)...I'd bet one of them could hook you up with a late trans for that sort of price.

A regular (open diff) 944 transmission in good shape shouldn't cost much more than $100-$150.
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Send a PM to Pelican users "gravesjeg" (Maryland) and/or "plyhammer" (Ohio)...I'd bet one of them could hook you up with a late trans for that sort of price.

A regular (open diff) 944 transmission in good shape shouldn't cost much more than $100-$150.
Thanks! I'll message them. Happen to know anyone on the south side of WV.. Like Virginia or North Carolina?
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Try Pelican user "kens_74_911s" in Southern Pines, NC.

All 3 of these guys sell 944 parts.
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Just remembered about this guy in TN too.
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I think I'm just going to swap the transmission in and get a GPS powered speedometer.. Seems like the easiest thing to do.
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That sounds way harder than just finding the right transmission and bolting it in.
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