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Old 08-17-2004, 01:26 PM
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Auto/Manual tranny...

Have seen some newer cars with Automatic transmissions that convert to manual or act like manual transmissions without a clutch peddaly.

Volkswagons have something called an Autostick transmission.

Was wondering if anyone knew of a setup for V-8 Engines like that.

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Old 08-18-2004, 06:45 AM
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you can convert.

The valve body to be shifted manually.
But then if you want to revert to automatic mode the valve body must be reconverted. Is that a word?
In my mind this is not a desirable option.
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Old 08-18-2004, 02:05 PM
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Some automatics can be convertered to full manual shift and back to auto shift easily.......... most cannot

I have seen no mention of what tranny you wish to use behind a "V8".

The auto shift feature you are mentioning is a mostly a software design to control the electronic tranny.

Each car manufacturer uses a different trigger/shifter method. Either a shifter with a feature to shift one gear at a time up or down or paddles on the steering wheel are two variations I've seen.

Even with this feature if parameters are met ( RPM , road speed, etc) the car's power train computer will over ride the manual shift feature in the new cars.
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Old 08-20-2004, 01:02 PM
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HEY MUS: I put a Transco Shift Kit, about $ 70.00 from Sumitt Racing in my 350TH. It operates as a manual, as it will stay in first or second until you shift it out. It will not upshift automatically on it's own. If you put the selector in DRIVE the transmission will act as a fully automatic and shift on it's own. It really works well in my street rod and it was very simple to install. It came with color coded parts, video, instruction book. It involved pulling out valve body and replacing a few parts. Your mom could it DAVE
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I have a full manual shift TH-400 in my '79 T/A. It works great for drag racing. You get the reliability of an auto with the selectable shift points of a stick.
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Old 08-25-2004, 01:14 PM
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Thanks for the replies. I will take a lok at that shifter you mentioned Dave.

I happen to see these fancy transmissions coming out in newer cars and was wondering if I could adapt them to a hotrod.

There is even a new one that alows you to shift using your fingertips on pull switches on the steering wheel. Can't remember who makes it.

Thanks again and I will keep looking for ideas.

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