Originally posted by pimpin90GL@Apr 20 2004, 03:55 PM
well swapping a manual in there would certainly void your warranty. If you MUST put a manual in there, (i'm just taking a wild guess here) wouldn't the tranny (manual) from a V-6 mustang work? i know the 'stang is RWD, and a longitudialy mounted engine, but it might work. it will involve ALOT of time and money, neither of which a college student has in abundance (not criticizing, i'm right there with you) if you do go for it though, then i wish you best of luck.
No way in hell this can happen-- you need a transaxle, not a RWD transmission. The trans just won't fit, and even if it did, you'd need a transfer case and diff to make it work.
Here's what I'll say to you Matic. I'm a broke college student myself, first year and already $30k in the hole. College is going to be four years, after which you'll make a decent amount of money (hopefully). I think you can survive four years with an automatic. For me, my car is very low on the list of fiscal priorities. I cant' afford to modify it any, and if I need money, it's the first thing that's going to be sold.
That being said, if you'd like a project such as slapping a shifter in, it can be done. Americasfuture, I believe is his TCCA handle, is swapping his vulcan (?) over to a manual. He isn't spending too much money on it either from what I've read. Just remember, when you do make the switch, you'll need a new guage cluster (no need for the shift indicator), a new steering column (which doesn't have the column shifter), a spiffy hole in the floor for the shifter, a clutch, etc... It's a lot of work, but if you've got time and money to spend, it can be done.
You could also, alternatively, buy an SHO or the subframe assembly complete with engine and other goodies and swap your motors. Supposedly it's a relatively easy thing to do.