Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Re: Confused 71 owner
I converted my 72 Malibu coupe from auto (3 speed on the column) to a 4 speed manual. I ordered most parts from OPGI for the swap and found an M20 locally. Make sure you get a hurst shifter specific to your car. Pretty straight forward, still ironing out the kinks with the linkage.
I did swap the trans and engine at the same time. Maybe pull the 350, freshen it up and do a cam and then do the trans swap at the same time? Dont forget you will have to chop the floor and add a hump for the shifter. Mine is just riveted in, didnt feel like welding it up.
One thing I wish I did was lay down some sound deadening material while the bench seat and carpet were out.
Is your car console or non?
Feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions.
72 Chevelle Malibu
PW Aluminum heads
RPM Air Gap Intake
Holley Sniper EFI
Stainless Long Tubes to 2.5 Exhaust
UMI Suspension Stage 2
CPP Steering setup
10 bolt rear - 3.55 with Eaton Posi