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Default Any FC's around with a standard transmission?

If so I would like to see a photo of how they built the shifter in. As in, on the floor or on the doghouse like a cabover.
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Looks like I will be the first then.
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Don’t think any came out of the factory with a manual transmission; at least I’ve never seen any talk on WOG about one and this is pretty much the definitive source of knowledge. Also don’t remember seeing any threads about anybody converting one. Give your question a couple of more days - lot of people busy and don’t sign on every day.

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What are you putting in there?
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Mike H had a 10 speed roadranger he was going to install in an FC once,but never did it.
But heres something thatmay help you.
I used to work on a paraplegics truck way back.
He had a semi that he drive and it was a stick shift,roadranger.
He had no movement in his legs,no sensation either.
I put an air cylinder on the clutch pedal with a switch on the gear shift,right under the shift knob.
The cylinder was spring return and i restricted the discharge port with a flow control valve.
I built hand controls for the brake and go pedals.


To get him in the cab i built a wheelchair lift to pick him up and once he got in the cab he could raise the lift a little higher and it folded flat against the cab door.


The part of this story you can use is the air assist on the clutch,you don't even need a clutch pedal at all,just the air cylinder on the clutch fork.
The shifter just needs to be long and bent forward,like the old cabover trucks used.
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One of those autoshifting manuals would be cool.
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My Super C is built on a freightliner truck. It has an S60 with a 12 speed Ultrashift transmission. For those not familiar, this is a gear transmission with an automatic clutch and gear selection ability. In fact there isn’t even a clutch pedal. The gear selection process is controlled by a paddle shifter located on right side below the steering wheel. Normal operation procedure is to leave it in Auto and it selects what gear it wants and when to shift. Normal start is 3rd gear —- manual can be used for gears 1 and 2 if starting a heavy load or trying to move an inch or two.

The accelerator is not used near as much as a normal standard transmission. Basically you just push down and the motor will wind up then the computer will call for a shift. The motor will unwind and the gears will shift and the motor will rev back up and continue to do so until you are going as fast as you want. No “blipping” of the throttle or “double-clutching” required. It’s a good system.

The paddle shifter has a manual mode that allows direct control of gear selection. This is used mostly for mountain driving, especially downhills to control the speed.

I’m not computer savvy enough to know if this type transmission could be fitted in behind an engine like a 3208 or 8V. I suspect it could but you would need to integrate the Throttle / Clutch control.

It’s certainly a different driving experience. I learned on 10 speed road rangers back in the stone ages and this is a lot easier.

Let me know if I can answer any more questions about it.

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I am looking at an M11 with a 13 speed. I am thinking to rebuild the doghouse to have a small cabover style shifter up close. I would consider an autoshift but I want to get the whole truck and the autoshifts do not come up too often and of course they are more money and more complexity. I am the only one who drives it and shifting is no great strain. Gives you something to do while you are sitting there.
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What are you putting in there?
You can come and help lift it in there Matt.
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I'm not sure Martin can pull this off.
Hmmm.
Martin?
Hah!! I bet he can do it,but we need lots of pics!
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