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*gasp* manual to AUTO Swap?

Thats right, i went there.. I'm tired of shifting gears, i drive my truck way too much to be clutching in and out of traffic all the time. So when this trans/clutch/slave cylinder goes out next (problably wont be too much longer) i'm looking at swapping over to an auto tranny..

aside from the obvious steering column swap, clutch removal and trans swap.. what else do i need to look into doing? i know i'll need to do something with the computer, but what? educate me.

feel free to nag, rant or **** and moan about my ideas as well, but know this... it means my hurst will go up for sale.
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Do you have the long arm for the hurst? if so I call dibs.
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In addition to what you listed, here are some other things that you'd need.
  • automatic floor plate
  • shift cable
  • torque converter
  • automatic engine harness
  • automatic PCM
  • clutch switch jumper
  • shift position indicator for the instrument cluster
  • possible transmission mount
.

Be very careful which parts you choose. All must match the engine displacement. Safest is to go for the same year but parts from 2001~2003 should work. Obviously, you'd need a 4x4 transmission to bolt to your transfer case.


[EDIT] Forgot about the radiator. Some just run an oil-to-air transmission cooler with a manual to auto swap. That makes it easier but the better setup is to use an automatic radiator with its internal heat exchanger. Better still is to run both, especially in hot climates or when towing.

In any case, you'd need the steel transmission hard lines. The short rubber lines that go to the aux trans cooler need to be the special high pressure/high temp transmission cooler hose, not the more common fuel line hose. It costs about double but it's worth it.

And don't forget the transmission dipstick and tube that often is not included with a junkyard automatic.

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Panzy......I put damn near 50k miles on a car in one year doing pizza delivery and it was a 5spd.
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I'll take the 5-speed stuff !
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There's a reason it's called a MANual.....hell my wife even wants a standard for our next car.......
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NOOOOOOOOO...this will be the most regrettable thing you can do to your truck....this is like slapping god in the face. almost as bad as a woman getting a breast reduction
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Sounds like Drew is going to have to hand over what little mancard he has left lol.
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I'll take the 5-speed stuff !
Me too :)
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NOOOOOOOOO...this will be the most regrettable thing you can do to your truck....this is like slapping god in the face. almost as bad as a woman getting a breast reduction
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Do you have the long arm for the hurst? if so I call dibs.
i made a 3" extention for it..

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In addition to what you listed, here are some other things that you'd need.
  • automatic floor plate
  • shift cable
  • torque converter
  • automatic engine harness
  • automatic PCM
  • clutch switch jumper
  • shift position indicator for the instrument cluster
  • possible transmission mount
.

Be very careful which parts you choose. All must match the engine displacement. Safest is to go for the same year but parts from 2001~2003 should work. Obviously, you'd need a 4x4 transmission to bolt to your transfer case.


[EDIT] Forgot about the radiator. Some just run an oil-to-air transmission cooler with a manual to auto swap. That makes it easier but the better setup is to use an automatic radiator with its internal heat exchanger. Better still is to run both, especially in hot climates or when towing.

In any case, you'd need the steel transmission hard lines. The short rubber lines that go to the aux trans cooler need to be the special high pressure/high temp transmission cooler hose, not the more common fuel line hose. It costs about double but it's worth it.

And don't forget the transmission dipstick and tube that often is not included with a junkyard automatic.
thanks Bob!! i didnt even think about the dip-stick or the trans cooler lines either. i may wind up asking for more of your valuable info in the future when i do this.
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Panzy......I put damn near 50k miles on a car in one year doing pizza delivery and it was a 5spd.
Pansy? no sir. i'll still have a manual come april anyway. for daily driving i'm going auto.. besides, its a much more reliable setup than the ****ty slave cylinders that are the weakest part of the truck..

And dont even talk to me about man-cards.lol you're not one to talk..
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I'll take the 5-speed stuff !
come and get it.. but bring auto parts with you.
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NOOOOOOOOO...this will be the most regrettable thing you can do to your truck....this is like slapping god in the face. almost as bad as a woman getting a breast reduction
eh.. i'm over it. shifting was fun when i actually enjoyed it. now, i'm all about the ride.
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