Hell No it is not worth it to swap the transmission to a 5 spd T-5 WC. Think of all of the piece of crap cars that have these transmissions. SVO's, GT's, LX's, Turbo Coupes, and Most of the people on this forum. I mean why put in a better transmission when you can break the automatic pice of crap tranny you already have because it will not take the abuse that some of us put it through.
Tell your dad that he is wrong in this case and that the T-5 is a lot better than that tranny that is in there now.
Who cares about resale value on a fox body?
You will probably gain back 15-20 USABLE hp to accelerate and pass. Plus the fact that you already have 3.73 gears on the rear end it'll feel like whole new car. You can't put a resale value on that.
To hell with thinking about resale value. I put a T5 in both of my stangs and it made the fun factor go up. There is a significant amount of power freed up and that is especially important when your car has between 88 and 105 Horses
Yeah I have the feeling that it will take me longer than most people because I can mess up a wet dream. I will be first finding the T-5 and all parts for the swap, then when I have them all I plan to enlist a couple friends and their gf's (to get beer) and attempt to swap it. Hopefully I will get to Lowes soon and get the parts for the CAI to get that done. I am trying to make the N/A as fun as it can be while I have to drive it before the Turbo swap.
Yeah, count me in for the 5 speed swap too. The C-4 bell I got from 351 is on eBay right now. I ended up driving one of the 5 speed trucks at my job and was like "oh yeah...stick." Then the gears started grinding, in my head that is. So, I am planning the swap for the spring, and researching now. I really believe I am going to hate it in the VA Beach traffic nightmare, but I keep reading here how much power it will free up, especially since I have 3:73s out back.