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My g/f has her heart set on a 245, and I've found a great deal on one locally. Unfortunately, she also has her heart set on a manual transmission, and the one I've found is an automatic. How difficult is it to swap the transmission? I'm fairly handy as far as auto work, and I have access to a decent workspace, tools, and friends to help. I would assume all I need is the actual transmission, clutch and pedal cluster.<p>Also, what other vehicles, Volvo or otherwise could I source a transmission from? Up until now, all my experience has been working with Volkswagens.<p>Thanks in advance,<br>Steve
 

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Re: Auto -> Manual swap (skramer973)

it will drop right in, you do have a few choices available to you. ive heard of putting in a t5 from a mustang with a modified bell housing but your best choice will be a M46 or M47, the first having 4 gears and an overdrive and the later having 5 real gears. If you suddenly find about 2 grand stuffed in the seats, you could order an M90 from europe, which is a much stronger much smoother running 5 speed.<p>you could source any of these transmissions (or others) from anything 1993 and older (going back to i think 60 is the earliest, and i dont suggest it) any 200 or 700 series or possibly 900 series (im not sure if they got a manual or not). <p><A HREF="http://www.brickboard.com/FAQ/700-900/VolvoAW70M46Conversion/AW71M46Conversion.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.brickboard.com/FAQ/...n.htm</A><p>here is a guide. if you have questions post them here (duh) or re-read the guide.<p>my suggestion is for an m47mk2 from a later 200 or 700 series (90-on). <p>edit: it should be noted that the speedometer will be wrong unless the proper gear ratios are made with a rear end swap. they will be lower then your actual speed because of the "special" gearing volvo used. heres more info on the matter, as well as freshly discovered links for transmission swaps.<p><A HREF="http://www.turbobricks.com/mods.php?content=art0020" TARGET="_blank">http://www.turbobricks.com/mod...t0020</A><br><A HREF="http://www.turbobricks.com/mods.php?content=art0009" TARGET="_blank">http://www.turbobricks.com/mod...t0009</A><br><A HREF="http://wwwrsphysse.anu.edu.au/~amh110/Technical_pages/gearbox_ratios_compared.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://wwwrsphysse.anu.edu.au/...d.htm</A><br><A HREF="http://wwwrsphysse.anu.edu.au/~amh110/Technical_pages/getrag_volvo_info.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://wwwrsphysse.anu.edu.au/...o.htm</A><br><A HREF="http://www.turbobricks.com/mods.php?content=art0014" TARGET="_blank">http://www.turbobricks.com/mod...t0014</A><p>hope these help!<p><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Camyman at 4:00 PM 5-30-2006</i>
 

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Re: Auto -> Manual swap (Camyman)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Camyman</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">it will drop right in</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Don't forget about the need for a flywheel (vice flex plate), pressure plate, clutch, cable (or hydraulic actuation system), drive shaft and flex joints. I'm not sure about the center bearing and carrier though...<p>Also, keep a close eye on the model year of the transmission and the car. I believe that 1989 and later cars had an electric speedo that ran off of a reluctor ring in the differential, whereas earlier cars were cable actuated from the transmission.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Camyman</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">you could source any of these transmissions (or others) from anything 1993 and older (going back to i think 60 is the earliest, and i dont suggest it) any 200 or 700 series or possibly 900 series (im not sure if they got a manual or not). <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Not quite THAT early. Volvo H6, M4, M30, M31, M40, M41, M400, and M45 manual transmissions came well before the 80s introduction of the M46 and M47 transmissions.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Camyman</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>edit: it should be noted that the speedometer will be wrong unless the proper gear ratios are made with a rear end swap. they will be lower then your actual speed because of the "special" gearing volvo used. heres more info on the matter, as well as freshly discovered links for transmission swaps.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Quite right, although the 3.73:1 rear axle will work with a Volvo manual box... if you can accept that 1st gear will be really tall.<p>Mechanically, the swap isn't that difficult to do. It's important to have the right parts, mind you.
 
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