Ok guys, after my A4LD took a **** on me, I decided I'd go manual...
I bought my T5 from a tow yard for $250 with everything that I wanted off the car.
So here's the specs on the T5
Rebuilt less than 30,000kms ago (around 18,000 miles)
has 3.97 1st gear... other wise stock
I had the flywheel re-surfaced for $50 and trust me, you should all get it done by a shop and not by yourself... It turns out so much better.
Bought a stock replacement clutch kit for a 1988 Mustang 2.3 with an ungraded pressure plate (has 8 extra fingers compared to stock)
Also to give you some helpfull tips, a 2.3 N/A flywheel is made for a 8.5" clutch, SVO flywheel is made for a 8.75" clutch, Merkur flywheel is made for a 9" clutch and the Turbo coupes flywheel is made for 9.25" clutch. a flywheel made for a 8.5" clutch wont work with a 8.75" clutch, and a 9" wont work with a 9.25" clutch soTHEY DO NOT INTERCHANGE!
I'm running a 8.5" clutch and it's holding the power good, but if you're going to have loads of power than I would tell you to grab a TC flywheel and run a 9.25" clutch or a 5.0 clutch with some mods.
This swap will work with almost any fox body ford, you may have to change a few things but it should still follow the same principle.
Fly wheel resurfacing $50
Clutch kit $200
Transmission fluid $15
This is what your shifter should look like
Remove the robber outlining, this can be thrown away or used to throw at someone who's in your way
Remove the plastic covering around the shifter to get at the bolts
4 8mm bolts holding the gear indicator in place. I removed mine (see below) to get better access to the bolts
This is a connection for your light to show you your gear at night...
Also there are 2 bolts you'll have to remove here
You'll have to use a 8mm wrench to get the bolts out from under the dash
You'll then have to disconnect the shifter linkage with a 13mm wrench to remove the shifter
It'll take some time but you can get the whole shifter housing out without taking the consul out
Next remove your exhaust, raise your car and support it properly
Use a block of wood between the transmission and the jack so you don't punch a hole in it causing transmission fluid to pour all over you
Next remove your driveshaft. If you don't not have a impact like I did, use a screw driver to keep the pinion from turning on you (id did this as well and yes it dose work
Auto and manual driveshaft comparison... Do you see why the auto one on the 2.3 wont work now??
Make sure to bag and tag all your bolts or else you'll lose them (I stopped and lost 3 bolts... damnit!)
Next is the speedometer and VSS connection on the transmission