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View Poll Results: Should I swap the Automatic tranny for a five speed?
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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-25-2012, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Should I or Shouldnt I?

Ok, Iv been debating this with myself for years. I have a 67 GTA. I know that the GTA only means automatic transmission. I have owned this car since I was fifteen, forty now and I would have much more fun if it were a five speed. Being a GTA im kind of torn with this decision. I feel like I will be harming this car if I convert it from a GTA. Its not a concours car nor is it a full mod. Im never going to sell it so what do you guys and gals think?

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-25-2012, 10:03 PM
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No I wouldn't (unless removing badging/stripe) as well but I wouldn't do that either- but an aod however.....I would do that
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Your purpose for owning the car is for you to enjoy it. As long as your conversion is bolt-on (is it?) I would do it but at the same time store the original parts so it could be put back by an owner the follows your ownership in 2050 (or thereabouts).

My 67 was a driver and I have had nothing but trouble from the original power steering. I am switch to a Borgeson unit but keeping all of my old parts so it could be put back together original. It will soon be a driver again for that modification. BTW, your car looks great.
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Your purpose for owning the car is for you to enjoy it. As long as your conversion is bolt-on (is it?) I would do it but at the same time store the original parts so it could be put back by an owner the follows your ownership in 2050 (or thereabouts).

My 67 was a driver and I have had nothing but trouble from the original power steering. I am switch to a Borgeson unit but keeping all of my old parts so it could be put back together original. It will soon be a driver again for that modification. BTW, your car looks great.

+1 It's yours just save the original parts

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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-25-2012, 10:32 PM
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It's your car. Do what makes you happy and enjoy it. Save the auto in case you ever want to swap it back.
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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-25-2012, 10:55 PM
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If you love driving cars, swap out the auto. I'm doing so many mods to my car to make it safer and make it a joy to drive, even by today's standards. My kids can sell it when I'm gone, so I don't care what it'll be worth. I have noticed though that many restomods are not only recovering value, but it many instances are becoming more pricey than pure stockers are.

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It's your car, do what you like. But being a GTA, save all the parts.
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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-25-2012, 11:58 PM
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It's your car, do it! And just how many GTA's were converted to stick? I'm sure quite a few.

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If you're never going to sell, resale value doesn't matter. Do the swap, switch to GT Badges, keep all your original stuff, and enjoy!
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+1 It's yours just save the original parts
I agree.

Even on my vert with an I6, I still kept the original engine and transmission, with no intent to put them in myself but incase my son wants to make it original when he inherits it.

Make it like you want, enjoy it. Just keep the original parts and try to keep the hacking to a minimum.

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When I read your question, I saw the answer in it already. Do what you want to do to it and enjoy it. I would follow the advice to keep the original parts so that in 2050 or so, it could be put back to original, because "it's only original once." If you have all of the original parts, I guess you could make it original a second time. Ha Ha Ha!
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They DO make repro "GT" emblems...... do what makes you happy!
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Just like most people are saying, it's your car and do what you want. Just keep the original parts.
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post #14 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-26-2012, 10:48 PM
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ditch the auto.

sell the auto to pay for the 5speed. you're not going to sell the car, so make it something that you will enjoy.
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post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-27-2012, 04:12 PM
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Do what YOU want.
save the parts,
don't save the parts,
swap the emblems,
keep the emblems,
shave the emblems

I am going to do the same thing when I get home.... swap my C4 for a 5 speed.

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