Hi I just bought an '83 CJ-7 with an automatic tranny and I was wondering how hard it would be to find/change to a manual. I'm new Jeeps so if anyone has any good sites for body parts I have some rust problems, thanks.
It's a lot of work, but can be done. You will need all of the stuff you think you need, plus linkages, new pedals, new holes on the firewall, wiring changes, new steering column, as well as new flywheel and the like.
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All I know as far as converting to a manual tranny is that the transmission is available in catalogs, I know I've seen it in the Quadratec catalog running upwards of $1500.00. You could probably get the clutch pedal or something from a junkyard, but be prepared for an expensive operation.
In the Quadratec master catalog or website (www.quadratec.com)they sell floor pans, and pre-fab sheet metal for specific parts of the Jeep body. It's usually listed in the restoration category. Or, if you don't want to dish out the money, you could cut sheet metal to size for whatever you want to replace, and weld it from there.
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Check Ebay for parts, there is a guy near me right now selling a Clutch pedal assembly cheap. Also, don't buy a tranny out of a catalog, big waste of money, find one on here or on Ebay! Trannies are all over the place! You'll have to get a bellhousing, also easy to find. Front and rear driveshafts will have to be retubed or just get used/new ones, if the yoke/u-joint sizes are different. You'll have to obviously vut a hole in your tunnel, no big deal. Clutch linkage is available new, no problem there.
Seriously, look around on Ebay and in the catalogs, check <a href="http://www.4wd.com" target="_blank">www.4wd.com</a> and <a href="http://www.quaratec.com" target="_blank">www.quaratec.com</a> for new parts when you an't find good used ones.
It's not that big a deal to swap, really, just takes a little time for your modifications. As I said, many of your parts can be found reasonably cheap on here in Swap Section or on Ebay. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />