Next step was to do the 6 speed swap, I did this over two days having a second hand would have easily made this a one day job but I refused any help as I'm stubborn as hell. I will say, cutting the whole in the floor is the best part about this. I just went in through the passenger door with an engine lift and it made it so easy to drop the tranny or put the new one in.
Here's the southbend
I decided to get a different southbend than everybody else get's, mostly because it's cheaper lol.
Here is the two transmissions beside eachother.
I intended to take enough pictures to do a full write up on this, but I kept forgetting. Here is a few to help anybody else. For anybody that wants to do this.
This is WAYYYY too big of a hole, you don't need to cut nearly this much.
This is where you need to be for the cut, this is my truck.
Also, unless you have something small like a plasma cutter you aren't going to be able to cut far enough up to be able to have the floor sections meet up with no gap. Well, unless you pull the dash that is.
I ended up with about a 1/2" gap at the very front so I cut the sides and bent it up to get a good fit with no gap.
This shows that as best I remembered to take it anyway, the shifter isn't that close the picture is just lying a bit.
I forgot to take any other picture's until I was done but here's it finished.
I want to say a few more things about this 6 speed swap that I read and don't like.
People have said that you're old carpet will fit just fine, I say flat out no. The hump is about 3" higher, you're old carpet will look like crap.
The transmission cooler line's are so different I can't imagine how people apparently "bend" the automatic one's to make them work, just get the manual one's.
There are two interlock's that you need to worry about, the clutch pedal one is easy and straightforward.
The other is the gear position interlock. So far I just plugged the automatic harness back in to the connector that the manual harness doesn't use and plugged in the transmission range sensor and that solved it.