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Old 08-15-2007, 08:30 AM
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'77 Nova Auto to Manual

Are there kits available to do a transmission change from automatic to manual for a '77 Nova? Everything I see online goes up to '74 only.

If not, is there anything stopping me from doing the conversion to say a 5 speed?

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Just because it isn't listed for your particular year, doesn't mean the parts from a different application will not directly swap over.

I thought of doing the same thing with my 81 Malibu in my avatar, and have most of the parts along with information on everything I will need to do it.

The main thing keeping me from digging in and making the swap, is the loss of my job last October, and my 6 month search for another job and getting a job that I wasn't happy with for 3 months, and now with another one I am starting this coming Friday which will keep me away from home days a week.

If you can find information on what you need to do for your particular model and year car, the specific components may or may not be reproduced, but you may also have a GM advantage by using something from a different model or year car and modifying it to work. Your car should be able to directly accept the clutch pedal if you can find one or modify one (this should only be the bends to clear the floor panel and other pedals) usually you can get away with cutting the foot plate on the brake pedal down to accept the smaller rubber pad, and at most the brake pedal lever will also need bent to work.

The clutch linkage can be hard to find, or as easy as trying to swap over to hydraulic, which I had researched and considered.

My project is on hold indefinitely, hopefully you can find what you need easily and make it work well.
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I would not doubt if camaro stuff would work.
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if yu are thinkin t5 out of a firebird i wouldnt suggest it, because the tranny is angled in the in some wierd way and you might have clearence issues. also the ones out of firebirds arent very strong.
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You might be able to dig up a '75-'79 with a stick-shift in a wrecking yard or maybe the Greensheet. Buy what you need, or better yet, buy the whole car and strip it for all the spare parts you have room to store.

Might also try googling. A couple of years ago, I saw an ad for all the parts you need to convert your Nova, Malibu, Camaro, etc. to a stick, all for a set price. I don't remember where, though, and I neglected to write it down.

Might also check the Nova club, www.nnnova.com , or the classified section at www.stevesnovasite.com/forums
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