I have been digging and digging and I am not finding very much info on anyone swapping an auto for a stick. Maybe it is just so simple that noone bother to talk about it. I have heard stories about welding clutches and things like that, but I figured that because the Fiero was a small production that the clutch mounts might be in all of the cars. Is this correct? I have a line on a really nice 88 Formula but it has the 3 speed auto and I eventually wanna do a 3800SC swap with a 5 speed and don't really have the facilities to do much welding.
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Posts: 21674 From: Houston, TX , USA Registered: Dec 2001
I'm not sure where welding fits in the equation, but if you take a stock Fiero automatic transmission out and put in a stock Fiero manual transmission there is no welding involved. The cradle on the 88 is designed to accept both.
You will need a bunch of parts, but it's been done many times. You need the shifter, shift cables, pedal assembly, clutch master and slave cylinders, clutch line, the clutch itself, and of course the manual transmission. Don't forget the flywheel and the release bearing, and the axles.
The best time to consider the change is duing an engine swap since you are already taking all that apart anyway. Good luck.
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Posts: 12225 From: Flint Michigan Registered: Jan 2006
Hey, thanks for the speedy reply! I was sure that the tranny would fit, I was just concerned about mounting the clutch pedal itself. It sounds like that is not a problem, so that is good!
And ya, I have heard about ripping 5 speeds apart, but shifting is so much fun! I originally thought that having a manual daily driver (99 Nissan Sentra) and a auto "fun" car was backward from what it should be, but I think that I could handle it
Posts: 20398 From: Central Florida Registered: Dec 2001
I asked the good folks at ďThe Fiero FactoryĒ about switching to a manual before I bought my 88GT with an automatic transmission. They gave me a quote that I donít remember but their recommendation was donít do it. If you must have a manual transmission, buy a car already so equipped. For what itís worth, having lived with mine for 8 months now, I have no regrets. In traffic an automatic is a blessing. Also with the unassisted steering in a Fiero, it is nice to be able to keep two hands on the wheel.
Posts: 2699 From: Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada Registered: Aug 2001
I asked the good folks at ďThe Fiero FactoryĒ about switching to a manual before I bought my 88GT with an automatic transmission. They gave me a quote that I donít remember but their recommendation was donít do it. If you must have a manual transmission, buy a car already so equipped.
Auto versus manual is very much a personal thing, like mayo versus miracle whip. There is no right or wrong answer. And switching to manual is not a big deal.
When I did my 4.9 swap I kept the auto because the car was an auto. But even with twice the horsepower, I hated the auto and regretted my decision. Eventually I swapped out the auto for a manual. Would have been a lot cheaper to do it the first time.