Can I switch to manual transmission
When I was just a boy, I was given a Datsun 510 station wagon. It had a wacky two speed borg warner automatic transmission. I purchased a manual transmission from a junkyard for next to nothing, including the three pedals, and clutch master cylinder. There was a knock out on the hub for the shifter, a knock out on the fire wall for the master cylinder. And the wiring for a tachometer was already inside the dashboard. I had a great work car for years. You have discussed several models of cars that have good components, but have wacky automatic transmissions, that no one can fix, parts don't exist or too expensive to replace. Is it possible to change these cars over to manual transmissions? Is the wiring harness the same? Are there knock outs there for the clutch? Can I assume that junkyards would be happy to sell an manual transmission, since no one wants them?
Is it possible to change these cars over to manual transmissions?
Obviously the details depend on the particular vehicle.
In most cases it's going to be a "no". The engines and computers are different.
Few cars these days even come with a manual transmission as an option, and you can't just wack any old transmission on any car, unless you're a talented fabricator.
Can I assume that junkyards would be happy to sell an manual transmission, since no one wants them?
Junkyards are happy to sell anything.