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Thread: thinking of an automatic to standard swap..

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    My Van(s):
    1986 LE with 395 k ( kilometers ) 1987 panel delivery 750+ !! ( kilometers )
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    Victoria B.C.
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    thinking of an automatic to standard swap..

    I have 2 1986 LE's ...apart from one being automatic and the other being standard, they are practically twins in color and appearance....right down to the old Supra mags.
    I recently found an 86 5 speed panel van getting parted out and can get my hands on the complete 5 speed set up ( tranny, shifter, cables, pedals, bellhousing name it ).
    Question is..... is the conversion to 5 speed worth it ? I don't drive like I did as a kid, and don't beat my vehicles on the highway ( I do push 'em but 'nicely' ).
    The automatic does have a small custom trailer hitch and I was thinking of pulling a small utility trailer occasionally...
    Curious to hear opinions on pros and cons of this conversion...whether it is worth the time for any other reason than preference - I am sure you get the jist.
    Are there any parts I need to make sure I scoop if/when I grab the new driveline ?

    Any input appreciated....

    Cheers !
    Last edited by Crow; 02-28-2021 at 12:58 AM.

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