Manual swapping an auto tercel

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Smatters09
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Manual swapping an auto tercel

Post by Smatters09 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:08 am

As some of you may know I am looking for tercel wagon I prefer a manual car however I am open to buying an automatic wagon for the right price but would prefer to swap it to a manual in the near future is it doable and is it all that difficult? I ask only cause a fella near me had a complete manual wagon but the body is shit but I could buy the trans and clutch assembly from it I don't know it it's all the hard time swap or not thanks in advance I'm asking so if its possible it will open my search window a little more

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Re: Manual swapping an auto tercel

Post by NWMO » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:32 am

Here is a link to a member's write up about what is necessary found in the Repair Guide section of the site. It is possible.

The search engine on the site is so-so, I will often search from Google and include Tercel4WD.com in the search, seems to work better.

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Re: Manual swapping an auto tercel

Post by rer233 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:49 am

You're gonna need a lot more than just the tranny and clutch ass'y- ie rear diff "pumpkin", driveshaft, top section of the floorpan (where the shifter levers mount) and a bunch of other odds and ends. I did it a few years back (do a search on "sex change" and the thread will come up) and couldn't be happier with the result. You'll pretty much need a M/T donor car to complete the transformation. Good luck!
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Re: Manual swapping an auto tercel

Post by Smatters09 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:53 pm

Damn yeah I don't want to get into it like they haha rather hold out for a manual car they seem to be more common anyhow

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Re: Manual swapping an auto tercel

Post by Petros » Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:47 am

it can be done, all the mounts and bits are present in both cars for manaul and auto trans. as noted however, you should buy the whole car to make sure you get all the varioius parts you will need. there are a lot of strange little odds and ends you will need, like the "extra low" light on the dash (there is a place for it, and it is wired in the harness, but you still need the bulb and tiny mount that goes in the instrument cluster). lots of similar small parts you will need. Get a whole donor car that has a body not worth rebuilding and keeping on the road.

it is a big job to do it, and only worth it if your plans are to do a ground up rebuilt, full strip, clean, repair/rebuild. than it would not be much more effort. otherwise, best to just find one with the manual trans. besides, the SR5 trim line has better sets and instrument cluster anyway, (and a few other nice details), and they only came with a manual trans.
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