Barracuda 383/auto - swap to Stick hurt the value?

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  1. GRANCUDA

    GRANCUDA Well-Known Member

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    Putting together a '67 Barracuda Formula S 383/auto car for a driver. My plans are this summer to put a Gear Vendors overdrive in but I am now kicking around throwing in a TKO 5 speed. A Tremec is a lot of fun, I put one in a '70 Barracuda about 12 years ago & it made a nice driver.

    I just don't know about cutting the tunnel & all on a real 383 car. As far as value I think it would be worth more as a stick since it's not a restored & 100% stock. Probably my fenderwell headers hurt the resale price more but I do have the panels that were in it.

    Any input?
     
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    It's your car so you should be able to do whatever you want but personally if it is a real big block car I would think twice before cutting it. I agree that a manual trans is a lot of fun. Both my cars are stick. You could always go with a 4 speed overdrive setup with better internals and I've heard if you replace the aluminum side cover with a cast iron one it is more durable. Maybe someone else could chime in on this. If you not racing at the track a lot I don't think the 4 speed overdrive would be a detriment and it would be much better on a long drive.
     
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    Is there more cutting than just the 4 speed hump to put the 5 speed tremec in an A-body? I haven't yet read up on it, I assumed since the E-body was just a bolt in deal then the A-body would be the same.
     
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    Of course cutting hurts the value.
    But your car really only has to make one person happy. You.
     
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    One of 701....I have one, 383 auto....I wouldn't...but your car...if you do, save the metal you cut out and cut it out in a way it could be put back....just my opinion
     
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    I had the same dilima, I have a 68 383 suto and I changed it to a factory correct looking 4 speed set up. I kept the tunnel cut and shifter set up that could go with the car if the next buyer wants to convert it back to original. I really enjoy the 4 speed and from the people that I have talked to I don't think it hurt desireablility at all maybe made it better. If it was a low mileage documented cream puff probably not, but a driver I say do what you like. At this day and age of 60's muscle cars I don't think it matters. Enjoy them to the max, the next generation will only see them in games on their cell phone.
     
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