I have a '73 Chevy 3/4-ton pickup, with a 350 with a 350 turbo automatic. I want to convert from an automatic transmission to a four-speed manual. Might there have been an article on this in a past issue I missed?
This is a work truck, not for show or speed. I have six other pickups and all are manual shift except for this one. I am hoping to find these items by scrounging around. Can you help?
I'd honestly have to go through piles of past issues to be sure, but I don't recall an automatic to standard shift swap story over the past few years. The swap is technically an easy one, and one you can complete with used or boneyard parts for the most part. Since you have such a large stable of pickups you should be familiar with what you'll need, and how you'll have to go about the swap. That said, just make sure you go with brand-new parts when it comes to the clutch disc, pressure plate, and throwout bearing. You may end up having to swap out or modify your driveshaft too as most four-speeds are a bit shorter than the automatics.
Good luck-it'll take a lot longer to gather up the parts than it will to complete the swap. Let me know how it turned out when you're done.