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Old 01-16-2011, 04:36 PM
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Default Automatic To Manual Swap

Has anyone on here done this before?

My '94 ranger is going to be needing a motor swap in the spring, I found a donor truck with a bad frame (rust, cracks etc.) but with a rebuilt motor and a manual trans.

So I'm thinking about taking everything from the manual truck and swapping it into my '94 automatic. Ive always wished that it was manual shift so I figured what better time would it be than when we have the motor already out. The guy only wants $600 for the truck and My '94 has a rebuilt automatic tranny so I figured I could probably get like $200 for it and then part the rest of the manual truck out.

I don't think it will be too hard to do. I mean everything we need to do the swap is going to be right there in the other truck.

Is the manual trans rangers radiator smaller than the automatic? I would think so but Im not sure. Because it wouldn't hurt to swap that out either because I had to run that copper head gasket sealer shit through it.


When it comes down to it, Im going to make a project thread about everything and maybe a 'How-To'

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I forgot to mention that the donor truck is also a '94.

The '94 that I have was top of the line back in the day, it was just over $21,000. 3.73 Trac lock, keyless entry, offroad package:

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Old 01-16-2011, 05:12 PM
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I done it in mine. Not as bad/hard as one would think

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I would keep your automatic tranny, get a sandwhich adapter from summit, hook it up the the "trans" cooler, or in your case the "oil" cooler
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:50 PM
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I would keep your automatic tranny, get a sandwhich adapter from summit, hook it up the the "trans" cooler, or in your case the "oil" cooler
Ya kinda lost me there, what did you mean?
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:20 PM
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the automatic should have a built in tranny cooler in the radiator. Should be two lines on the side. When you remove the auto and put in the manual, use those spots to hook up an oil cooler.

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^^^sorry, I just re-read my post, I meant keep the automatic tranny radiator.

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Old 01-16-2011, 06:31 PM
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the automatic should have a built in tranny cooler in the radiator. Should be two lines on the side. When you remove the auto and put in the manual, use those spots to hook up an oil cooler.

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^^^sorry, I just re-read my post, I meant keep the automatic tranny radiator.

Ok, I got ya now
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:33 PM
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i did it in my 96 not a bad job at all.. i just plugged those cooler ports
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:34 PM
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I was always from the school that this was very involved. But I guess that is more so for FWD cars. I read that its a LOT easier on a truck.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:38 PM
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I plan to do this down the road. But not until my auto fails.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:54 PM
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It isn't really that hard. It makes it a thousand times easier that you have the same year donor truck. You'll need to swap out the pedal assembly, which is just a bolt in assembly. You might as well also swap in the steering column for the manual as well since you would have. I didn't do it with mine cuz I didn't want to spend the extra money. Everything is pretty much a bolt in procedure with no fabrication or modification of anything needed.
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:12 PM
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It isn't really that hard. It makes it a thousand times easier that you have the same year donor truck. You'll need to swap out the pedal assembly, which is just a bolt in assembly. You might as well also swap in the steering column for the manual as well since you would have. I didn't do it with mine cuz I didn't want to spend the extra money. Everything is pretty much a bolt in procedure with no fabrication or modification of anything needed.
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:30 PM
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I found the when I did mine it went alot smoother installing a piece here and a piece there. For example, I installed the clutch pedal assembly, then followed that by the clutch resivour and lines. Cut out the hole in the floor. It took me about 3 months from the time I started swapping to actually having the trans in and shifting gears. But to do it all in a week or a couple days, might be a little harder/stressful.

Beside on mine I had to have it for my DD, so that is part of the reason I did it like that.
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I found the when I did mine it went alot smoother installing a piece here and a piece there. For example, I installed the clutch pedal assembly, then followed that by the clutch resivour and lines. Cut out the hole in the floor. It took me about 3 months from the time I started swapping to actually having the trans in and shifting gears. But to do it all in a week or a couple days, might be a little harder/stressful.

Beside on mine I had to have it for my DD, so that is part of the reason I did it like that.
Well mine wouldn't be a daily driver until I have it finished. Do you have any pics of when you had to cut the hole in the floor?

I want to do a vinyl floor swap too.
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:55 PM
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Well mine wouldn't be a daily driver until I have it finished. Do you have any pics of when you had to cut the hole in the floor?

I want to do a vinyl floor swap too.
No I dont have any pics. there is an out line on the floor pan, just follow that and cut it out. You can get the "proper" opening for it, I just left it. The hole dont really need to even be as big as the outline, just cut it smaller if you want
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:24 PM
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I did my swap in a weekend. Well, I kinda had to. It is my daily driver, and the automatic took a dump. The converter stopped locking up so I was pretty much restricted to like 5-10 mile runs at a time.

As for the hole in the floor, there is a bolt on cover thing that has no holes in the auto, and has a hole in it for the manual. It is only 4 bolts, but mine were completely rusted and almost impossible to get off. You will have to cut a hole in your carpet though if you don't do the vinyl floor swap.
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:33 PM
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I did my swap in a weekend. Well, I kinda had to. It is my daily driver, and the automatic took a dump. The converter stopped locking up so I was pretty much restricted to like 5-10 mile runs at a time.

As for the hole in the floor, there is a bolt on cover thing that has no holes in the auto, and has a hole in it for the manual. It is only 4 bolts, but mine were completely rusted and almost impossible to get off. You will have to cut a hole in your carpet though if you don't do the vinyl floor swap.
Are you talking about the silver plate thats on the trans hump? If thats the case I know exactly what youre talking about. If not a vinyl floor swap, herculiner crossed my mind too, not sure what kind of wiring is ran under the carpet though, my '03 has quite a bit

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