Howdy. I have a 2002 Dakota QC, 5.9L V8, 4x4 auto, and I hate
automatic transmissions. I'd really like to replace the auto with a
5-speed manual. A transfer case with a mechanical floor shifter would
be nice, too.
1. Find an NV3500 from a same year 4x4 Dakota. The 3.9 and 5.9L share
the same bell housing, but what about the 4.7? I'd need a flywheel for
a 5.9L. Everything else is bolt in, right? Would the transfer case
match? I'd cannibalize the donor truck for driveshafts, pedals, etc.
Problem: The NV3500 isn't rated to handle the torque. I don't off
road or tow extensively. Will the transmission handle my heavy right
2. Find a 5-speed and transfer case combo from a 1500/2500 Ram with a
5.9L. What did they use?
Problem: I'm afraid the NV4500 might have been the only option and it
won't fit under the floor pan.
3. Find a 6-speed.
Problem: I'm too poor and I've already sold my soul to the devil.
Any ideas, advice, warnings, etc?