Automatic to a manual help -

Go Back > Dodge Trucks > Dodge Ram > 1st Gen Ram Tech
Log In 

1st Gen Ram Tech '93 & older Rams: This section is for TECHNICAL discussions only, that involve 1993 Rams and older. For any non-tech discussions, please direct your attention to the "General discussion/NON-tech" sub sections.

Automatic to a manual help

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-01-2014, 05:35 PM
Cmckinney99's Avatar
Cmckinney99 Cmckinney99 is offline
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 100
Default Automatic to a manual help

Hey guys i have an 85 d150 2wd automatic 318 that i want to put a manual in it do you know how hard it is to put in the clutch petal i have to have my floor pans replaced so i might put in a manual floor board do i need a new flywheel? Driveshaft? How do you run the clutch cable all the help i can get is well appreciated i follow instructions great and where is the best place to get a 4 speed or could i use a 5 speed out of a 93 cause i can get my hands on one of those i live in nw missouri
Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 02:28 PM
MNfarmboy MNfarmboy is offline
Join Date: Apr 2011
Vehicle: 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT Big Horn Edition 5.9L Cummins
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 175

I did this swap last summer on my 91 w150. I don't know about an 85, but my floor boards work with the clutch. I swapped in a hydro clutch, so I didnt have to run any linkage. The hardest part I had putting in the clutch pedal was finding a pedal set. Once again, not sure how the 85's are, but in mine the brake pedal pivots on a metal rod, all I had to do was pull the rod out, slip the brake pedal off, and slide the new brake and clutch pedal on. Took me about 20 min, simply because its a pita to work under the dash. You will need a flywheel as you have a torque converter with the automatic, and obviously you'll need the clutch kit as well. I bought a set of manual driveshafts at a salvage yard, I swapped in a 4speed (NP435) which was shorter than my 4speed auto (A518), so I needed a longer rear and shorter front. I also ran into trouble because of my 6" lift, so the manual front was too short and I had to get a custom front made. Since yours is a 2WD you will only need the rear, and you may not even need it if the manual trans is close in length to your auto. I can't help with clutch cable/linkage as I did a hydro clutch (which was by far the hardest part of the whole swap). I bought my pedals, bellhousing, trans, shifter and rear driveshaft at a salvage yard. I got the trans, bellhousing and shifter for $150 with 80K miles. I love the 4speed, the only complaint would be the extremely low first gear. For daily driving I dont even use first, I drive it like a 3speed. On the flip side, the low first gear is a huge advantage if your ever stuck or if your off-roading. Overall, the swap was a lot of work (I also did a motor swap at the same time) but it wasn't extremely challenging.

More corn....Less pavement
Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2014, 08:49 AM
Scooter78 Scooter78 is offline
Join Date: Apr 2012
Vehicle: 1978 W350
Location: Olympic Peninsula, Wa.
Posts: 608

Also, not sure if Dodge used the same cross member or not. Might have to check that out. You might consider a 5 speed swap. Being as you are a 2wd, half ton, you could likely run a NV3500 from a V8 Dakota or 1500. Then you could use the factory supplied hydro lines, instead of mechanical linkage, and you would get much better mileage. I ran a NV3500 in my 4x4 1 ton for a few years before it finally bit the dust. They are plentiful, fairly strong and cheap. Same amount of work as swapping in a 4 speed. Don't know if you know anyone that builds trannys, that might do you a favor, but I'm not too far from you, and I have a NV3500 you can have if you want it. Needs rebuilt.
1978 1 Ton 4X4- Fuel Injected 5.9, NV4500, 3rd Gen Seats.. Great body, but needs painted.

Last edited by Scooter78; 02-16-2014 at 08:52 AM.
Reply With Quote

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
94 Dakota shuts off while driving! Kodyowner 1st Gen Dakota 3 08-15-2015 05:04 PM
Mopar Performance Computer - Auto Computer in a Manual Truck Alacoque 1st Gen Dakota 3 08-15-2015 02:26 PM
88 W150 318 budget around 4thousand soldier233rd 1st Gen Ram Tech 2 08-09-2015 08:15 AM
Dynasty '91 no anti-theft System? Dynasty91 K-Cars 0 07-31-2015 02:02 AM
01 360 into a 97 318 tot64 2nd Gen Ram Tech 2 07-08-2015 11:53 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:29 PM.