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Just curious......has anyone entertained the notion of converting a newly acquired GT-H to a manual tranny. Inquiring at the local dealer drew quite a round of head-scratching, incredulous jaw-dropping responses. They said they wouldn't even attempt it regardless of the outlay of cash....wouldn't want to be responsible for how it turned out (shows real confindence in their service department, eh?) I was wondering the best course to take. Any ideas? Any counterarguments to even attempting? :rolleyes:

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Just curious......has anyone entertained the notion of converting a newly acquired GT-H to a manual tranny. Inquiring at the local dealer drew quite a round of head-scratching, incredulous jaw-dropping responses. They said they wouldn't even attempt it regardless of the outlay of cash....wouldn't want to be responsible for how it turned out (shows real confindence in their service department, eh?) I was wondering the best course to take. Any ideas? Any counterarguments to even attempting? :rolleyes:

 

The car would be modified and no longer original so it would lower its future value. The computer would have to be completely reflashed with probably a S-GT program to accept the manual trans. That would throw off the speedometer since the rear end ratios don't match 3.31:1 vs 3.35:1.

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Just curious......has anyone entertained the notion of converting a newly acquired GT-H to a manual tranny. Inquiring at the local dealer drew quite a round of head-scratching, incredulous jaw-dropping responses. They said they wouldn't even attempt it regardless of the outlay of cash....wouldn't want to be responsible for how it turned out (shows real confindence in their service department, eh?) I was wondering the best course to take. Any ideas? Any counterarguments to even attempting? :rolleyes:

 

 

Have you considered the possibility that the floorpan and/or firewall MAY be different and require extensive modification/fabrication to work? Probably be easier/cheaper to just clone it since it's not going to be original anyway. You could probably pick up a new leftover 06 GT for less than it would cost to buy the rental car!

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The car would be modified and no longer original so it would lower its future value. The computer would have to be completely reflashed with probably a S-GT program to accept the manual trans. That would throw off the speedometer since the rear end ratios don't match 3.31:1 vs 3.35:1.

 

 

The computer would have to be reflashed due to the change from auto to manual tranny. The rearend in the GT-H (automatic) was a 3:55 just like it is now for the Shelby GT, both auto and manual.

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Just curious......has anyone entertained the notion of converting a newly acquired GT-H to a manual tranny. Inquiring at the local dealer drew quite a round of head-scratching, incredulous jaw-dropping responses. They said they wouldn't even attempt it regardless of the outlay of cash....wouldn't want to be responsible for how it turned out (shows real confindence in their service department, eh?) I was wondering the best course to take. Any ideas? Any counterarguments to even attempting? :rolleyes:

 

 

 

That would really hurt its value one day. While it's nice to have a manual people will forever look at it as a modified car or worse a clone!

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The car would be modified and no longer original so it would lower its future value. The computer would have to be completely reflashed with probably a S-GT program to accept the manual trans. That would throw off the speedometer since the rear end ratios don't match 3.31:1 vs 3.35:1.

 

 

Some good points there. Good to hear the pros and cons. Looks like more cons than pros. Not as easy as it used to be to convert these cars. :)

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Several vintage Shelbys have been converted from automatic to manual. Also several manual equipped cars have been converted to a more drivable 5 speed. It does not seem to hurt the value of those cars when the original parts are saved so it can be brought back to original.

 

If you are of the mind to convert a GT-H to manual, I would highly encourage it. After all it is your car and it is to serve for your pleasure.

 

robin

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