Related Photo Galleries
Many five-speed conversions require a custom tubular crossmember, but thanks to the A-body's full-frame design, this isn't necessary. The stock crossmember can be reused by simply sliding it rearward about 1.75 inches on the framerail. The rearward shift is minor enough that two of the four factory boltholes can be reused, and only two new holes have to be drilled. Stay tuned for next month's issue, when we finish up the tunnel patch, and install the shifter, pedals, clutch linkage, and driveshaft.