Automatic to 5-Speed Conversion

I have had a query from a reader on the Isle of Man about the conversion of an automatic E Type to a manual 5 speed gear box.

I have spoken with John Burton about the subject, and his immediate response was why not sell it and buy a manual E Type? However, he went on to tell me that there is no difficulty in this conversion and that Jaguars own 5 speed gear box should fit without any modification. John’s approach to this subject is that the cockpit is much smaller in an automatic car, as the covering for the automatic box is considerable.

That said, I understand the desire to convert without the hassle of selling your car to which you may have become very fond. I would appreciate hearing from any of you who have experience of this conversion.

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