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Auto to manual swap

Discussion in 'Drivetrains' started by Jjg73, May 9, 2020.

  1. Jjg73

    Jjg73 FEOA Member

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    Anyone ever done this? Just curious if I have to settle on an auto when I find it
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    Swift FEOA Donator

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    Yes people have done. Yse the search button
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    Big job, you'd need a manual transmission car as a donor.
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    Jjg73 FEOA Member

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    I figured as much. I just definitely don't want to settle on an auto if that's all I can find but seems like its all I'm going to find...
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    i do this to cars all the time because the swap costs less than the auto rebuild kit
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    Jjg73 FEOA Member

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    U must live in an area where escorts are still found! I can't even find a stick shift car anywhere near me!
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    Where are you? I did the ATX/MTX swap but I also did the zetec swap at the same time so it wasn't as hard.

    As joeytwowagons said, it'll be much easier if you have a donor car to pull all the little brackets and bolts you'll need to complete the swap. As long as you take your time it's fairly straightforward.

    John
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    I'd like to see the math on this one.
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    I have Escorts with the auto transmission and with the 5-speed. Does someone think the 5-speeds are better? I admit they are more fun when on roads with little traffic, but when in slow traffic (work zones and coming back into the country across an international bridge) the autos are more pleasant to be in.
    I have rebuilt several of the F4EAT automatics, and put two Escorts with 5-speeds back on the road; - after one having gotten to where the clutch was slipping, and on the other car - to where the shift rods and pivots were rusted up. I dont see ANY advantage over the long haul.
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    If I can get 262K miles on an automatic with all the traffic around here, no reason to go to a manual. BTW, you posted your zip code in another thread, had no idea you lived inside the beltway (I think?) which means your traffic is even worse.
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    We are inside the beltway, and close to I-395. Since retirement I almost never go anywhere without consulting the google map - to find the areas that are yellow or red for traffic. And although I dislike WTOP because they dont play classical music; Its commonly on the radio as we drive around.
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    The advantage of the manual transmission is so you can turn the engine off down the hills and then push start it again to carry on.:eek:

    But really, a big advantage is if the starter fails or the battery goes dead, to be able to push start the car.

    A good automatic, especially with a mild shift kit, is also quite nice to drive and accelerates at least as quick as a standard, without excessive wear on the clutch.
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