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I guess this is probably the right forum to post this in...how much of a pain would it be to change a car with an automatic tranny to a manual...I'm mainly wondering about the hydraulic clutch pedal part, the actual tranny swap won't be a problem...what all would the installing the pedal entail and would it be worth the trouble? the car would likely be a 3rd generation camaro...
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Auto to manual conversion....electrical

You will also have to rework the wiring to bypass the neutral start switch and decide if you want to wire it to crank only if the clutch pedal is depressed. If you choose not to do this, you will be liable for damages if someone tries to start it in gear and forgets to depress the clutch pedal. Depending on who gets the better lawyer, you could be liable for damages for the life of the vehicle.
 

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Mike in Michigan said:
You will also have to rework the wiring to bypass the neutral start switch and decide if you want to wire it to crank only if the clutch pedal is depressed. If you choose not to do this, you will be liable for damages if someone tries to start it in gear and forgets to depress the clutch pedal. Depending on who gets the better lawyer, you could be liable for damages for the life of the vehicle.
Manual transmissions would start in gear for many, many years......no nuetral switches......If you were that dumb, you should have been driving an automatic.
 

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poncho62 said:
Manual transmissions would start in gear for many, many years......no nuetral switches......If you were that dumb, you should have been driving an automatic.
While I agree with you, GMs have had a clutch safety switch at least as far back as the late 1960s. The existing neutral safety switch connector pigtail from the under-dash harness simply plugs into a switch on the clutch pedal.

The backup light switch can vary. For GM, up until 1969 the backup light switch was on the trans, but once the feds required the trans linkage to lock with the key, GM just used the existing switch mounted on the base of the steering column and ran a backdrive linkage from the manual trans to the column. It's basically the same parts as used for the column shift automatic, but the linkage is driven from the trans and rotates a sleeve in the steering column to both activate the backup light switch and to lock the shifter when the key is removed.
 
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