I am giving consideration to swapping my auto. transmission on my 77 to a manual 5 spd. I would like anyone's input, advice, suggestions on whether or not to do this. What can I expect the cost to be and what are the pro's and con's of doing this if? Thanks to all for your insight and helping me make a decision whether or not to do this!
Vette(s): #1 *1980 White, Red interior 14,000 mile
#2 *1980 Red, Oyster interior 93,000 miles Resto project car, rebuilt to 383 stroker
Matt, while at Carlsile I noticed a real sharp 1980 Pearl white vette behind the C3VR tent. What drew me to it was the reflection of sun comming from the underneath of the hood. I started talking to the owners and said as soon as my shift is over in the booth I want to check out your ride. When I went over the car was detailed to the max, we started talking and he told me it was originally an automatic. I asked him how big of a job to change it over, he bought the whole kit from Tremec, said that the hardest part was getting the pedal set up in, it bolts right up but it's a lot of work upside down on your back. I also asked him how much and it said $4,500. or so.
I decided I'd wait and invest the money in the next vette that already will be a stick.
Hope that helps. I'm sure the tremec site will have lots of info.
Ebo, thanks for the insight. I also too was once told about Tremec. However, I did not realize it would be that expesive to convert! Think I will follow suit and spend the money on a vette later down the road with a manual! Thanks again
The transmission itself is not expensive and sometimes the convenience of the kit will cost a lot more than finding the parts yourself. You will need the following parts Pedals and linkages...$460 Transmission TKO 600..$2200 Bell housing...$229 Crossmember...$179 Flywheel and clutch assembly..$250 - $400 depending on intended usage Drive shaft..$300 Total $3600 - $3800. I have the TKO 600 in my Nova and enjoy driving the car very much. The transmission shifts smooth, the ratio change between gears is perfect and the overdrive nets me 20 mpg at 75 mph on the freeway with 3.73 rear gears. philip2010-09-11 21:09:47
1977 Nova 1982 Corvette
Vette(s): 70 LT1 coupe, 69 350 HP coupe, 69 390HP 427 coupe, 71 LS5 convert, 85 coupe, 93 coupe
I made a complete parts list for a customer, pasted below. As you see, to convert to a factory correct 4-speed set up would cost under $3,000 with all new parts. We occasionally part out a car and sell the complete conversion used for $1,500.
Vette(s): 1969 daytona conv. all original 350 350 380 4 sp w/air..and hard top
I hate to say this but at carlisle they had the 5 speed manual trans kit for sale late Saturday for 1,300..I almost bought one to sell on EBay..it wasn't tremec though it was the other one that I can't remember the name now..they really had a hard time selling stuff there this year..I would stick with the auto.. if you want it to shift like a stick put a full manual shift kit in it..it shifts like a monster and you can run the gears like a stick..not really recommended for a driver though..Gil Younger makes some good ones as well as B&M..they are cheap and easy to install..depending on which kit you only have to drop the valve body..
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