Greetings to all from a "newbie."  I have recently retired from a consuming occupation and finally have a little time to "putter."  For a dozen years a fine candidate for a restoration has been resting in my garage and I'm now doing some work on it.  Engine's out, tranny is out, and now is the time to decide whether to convert the automatic stick shift to a manual transmission.  I've read what I have been able to find on the internet (precious little, though) and so far think that the conversion shouldn't be too bad - manual will fit where the auto was, various hydraulic/vacuum tubes, wires, and ATF reservoirs will disappear, etc.  What perplexes me is the procedure to link what I presume would be a new shifter to the transmission - reference is made to the installation of a "tube" in the center channel being a bit on the tricky side.  Anyone able to offer some insight as to the procedure, parts that might be necessary, or just an opinion as to whether this is a good idea?

 








 

 

Quote 0 0
hugh

I've never converted an auto to manual but I have removed & installed a shift rod tube on a manual transmission. It's not a bad job. It installs through the access plates in front of the car and connects the shifter to the transmission. The most aggravating part for me was installing the shift rod bushing. Here's a link that you may not have seen yet on conversions. Good luck.

 

http://web.archive.org/web/20030413202614/

http://www.claydons.demon.co.uk/beetle/autostick/index.html

Quote 0 0
hugh

Well, I screwed that link up. Here's one that details how to install the shift rod bushing and how to remove the shift rod.

 

http://www.glenn-ring.com/tech/bushing_replace.htm

Quote 0 0

Many thanks for the reference - I read the article and it was certainly informative regarding the shift tube bushing.  I'm not there yet in the work on the car (should be in the next couple of days - at least to open it up and see what I find).  Do you happen to know (or know where I might look to find) if the shift tube in the auto-stick is identical to that in the manual transmission model?

 

Thanks again.

Quote 0 0
hugh

I don't know but I'd guess they aren't the same.  You could post the question on the superbeetles board and I'd bet Wayne or Lee would know.

 

http://www.superbeetles.com/welcome.htm

Quote 0 0

first off, buy the bentley manual for your bug.  get a new shift rod, joints and bushings. get a pedal cluster and sell yours. I suggest a short throw shifter. get a new clutch cable and keep it protected and tight to prolong its life. It's pretty straight forward. I've done many trans swaps and this is probably the easiest and can be done in an afternoon with all the parts, a case of beer, and a friend. Work always goes fast when you have a buddy saying "you shouldn't hurt yourself like that". best of luck. Keep on Dubbin!!

Quote 0 0