owns an Alfa
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: United Kingdom
Converting your car to a manual... its actually pretty easy
Id read a few things on here saying its hard work or not worth doing, but. I did it in around the 20 hour mark and its actually pretty simple to do. So I thought id write a list of what's needed to actually complete the job.
1. Manual box
2. The gear leaver and all the wires for the gear selector
3. Clutch pedal brake pedal assembly
4. Clutch master cylinder and pipe work
5. brake reservoir with the extra pipe for the clutch to run off
6. New rev counter unless you can put up with the constant beeping.
7. Drill with atachment to drill a whole in the bulk head around 2.5 inches wide. Can't remember what its called
That's it. Drop the box out. Remove all the selespeed wires and pipe work. While the engie is hanging down remove the pedals (I found removing all of them gained a lot better acess to the pedal area where the master cylinder needs to be. Make up a pattern for the holes that need to be drilled. I toyed with the idea of swapping the whole servo plate but that's big work. Fit the master cylinder. Then the gear leaver and selectors. All the heat shield and exhaust needs to be removed for this. Then fit your box. The only wiring you need to do is on the selespeed relay. Bridge the two large wires. The relay was from a sensor telling the car it was in netural. So that's by passed now. Fit the battery box. Jobs a guddon as we say in cornwall.
Then remove the rev counter unless you can withstand the beeping, then the selespeed badge!
Think that's about it. I recon it can be done with all the parts above laying next to you around the 14 hour mark if I know now what I didn't then as it was a bit trial and error first of all