Options for Hand Control Clutch on 1991 Celica ST

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Old 19 Jan 2014, 03:34 am   #1 (permalink)
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I have a friend who wants to sell me his 1991 Toyota Celica ST.

OK so I am disabled, I cannot operate a clutch in a manual. This has been since 12/2008. Before then I owned several manuals, my favorite was a 1992Honda Accord 5 speed, that thing had serious power and pep.

Anyway... I have one leg so I can easily control the brake and gas... I really want this Celica, just because it is almost classic and I've heard almost nothing but good things about them! It looks fun and sporty, and the body design is forward looking enough so that it almost looks as if it belongs here in the 10s.

So... a friend of mine has suggested he can put an automatic transmission in it. For under 1000. That seems like a helluva deal -- he said he'd get the tranny from a junkyard or similar, which is fine with me if we have some way of determining the miles or otherwise condition.

On the other hand won't that significantly degrade power and performance? The issue is, that I found a top notch hand clutch which was universal for around 8.5k to 10i which I just can't do. What can I get for significantlyless? Just googling "hand clutch" etc is really difficult because its just one of those phrases that fits so many places outside of my search context... and my health insurance won't pay for this even though they spent $60,000 on my Otto Bock 3d Helix bluetooth enabled passive multitasking prosthesis, and they've spent over $500,000 on surgeries, over 5 months of hospital stays at Johns Hopkins, George Washington Univ. Hosp, and then there's six rounds of aggressive chemotherapy which each time lasted 72 hours non-stop around the clock... etc... in light of all that cash, why not spring say 5k to get my car retrofitted???

Arrrgh -- what do ya's think? Manual-Auto? or, reasonable clutch conversion options?
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Old 19 Jan 2014, 11:55 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Sun, 19 Jan 2014 01:34:23 -0800, Learning Richard wrote:

> I have a friend who wants to sell me his 1991 Toyota Celica ST.
>
> OK so I am disabled, I cannot operate a clutch in a manual. This has
> been since 12/2008. Before then I owned several manuals, my favorite
> was a 1992 Honda Accord 5 speed, that thing had serious power and pep.
>
> Anyway... I have one leg so I can easily control the brake and gas... I
> really want this Celica, just because it is almost classic and I've
> heard almost nothing but good things about them! It looks fun and
> sporty, and the body design is forward looking enough so that it almost
> looks as if it belongs here in the 10s.
>
> So... a friend of mine has suggested he can put an automatic
> transmission in it. For under 1000. That seems like a helluva deal --
> he said he'd get the tranny from a junkyard or similar, which is fine
> with me if we have some way of determining the miles or otherwise
> condition.
>
> On the other hand won't that significantly degrade power and
> performance? The issue is, that I found a top notch hand clutch which
> was universal for around 8.5k to 10i which I just can't do. What can I
> get for significantly less? Just googling "hand clutch" etc is really
> difficult because its just one of those phrases that fits so many places
> outside of my search context... and my health insurance won't pay for
> this even though they spent $60,000 on my Otto Bock 3d Helix bluetooth
> enabled passive multitasking prosthesis, and they've spent over $500,000
> on surgeries, over 5 months of hospital stays at Johns Hopkins, George
> Washington Univ. Hosp, and then there's six rounds of aggressive
> chemotherapy which each time lasted 72 hours non-stop around the
> clock... etc... in light of all that cash, why not spring say 5k to get
> my car retrofitted???
>
> Arrrgh -- what do ya's think? Manual-Auto? or, reasonable clutch
> conversion options?


See if you can find a used one. I've seen them for $350 installed, but
not for a few years.

And those were NEW!

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Old 20 Jan 2014, 10:05 am   #3 (permalink)
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bOn Sunday, January 19, 2014 4:34:23 AM UTC-5, Learning Richard wrote:
> I have a friend who wants to sell me his 1991 Toyota Celica ST.
>
>
>
> OK so I am disabled, I cannot operate a clutch in a manual. This has been since 12/2008. Before then I owned several manuals, my favorite was a 1992 Honda Accord 5 speed, that thing had serious power and pep.
>
>
>
> Anyway... I have one leg so I can easily control the brake and gas... I really want this Celica, just because it is almost classic and I've heard almost nothing but good things about them! It looks fun and sporty, and the body design is forward looking enough so that it almost looks as if it belongs here in the 10s.
>
>
>
> So... a friend of mine has suggested he can put an automatic transmissionin it. For under 1000. That seems like a helluva deal -- he said he'd get the tranny from a junkyard or similar, which is fine with me if we have some way of determining the miles or otherwise condition.
>
>
>
> On the other hand won't that significantly degrade power and performance?The issue is, that I found a top notch hand clutch which was universal for around 8.5k to 10i which I just can't do. What can I get for significantly less? Just googling "hand clutch" etc is really difficult because its just one of those phrases that fits so many places outside of my search context... and my health insurance won't pay for this even though they spent $60,000 on my Otto Bock 3d Helix bluetooth enabled passive multitasking prosthesis, and they've spent over $500,000 on surgeries, over 5 months of hospital stays at Johns Hopkins, George Washington Univ. Hosp, and then there's six rounds of aggressive chemotherapy which each time lasted 72 hours non-stop around the clock... etc... in light of all that cash, why not spring say 5k to get my car retrofitted???
>
>
>
> Arrrgh -- what do ya's think? Manual-Auto? or, reasonable clutch conversion options?


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Old 20 Jan 2014, 10:08 am   #4 (permalink)
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On Monday, January 20, 2014 12:55:50 AM UTC-5, Hachiroku ハチ*ク wrote:
> On Sun, 19 Jan 2014 01:34:23 -0800, Learning Richard wrote:
>
>
>
> > I have a friend who wants to sell me his 1991 Toyota Celica ST.

>
> >

>
> > OK so I am disabled, I cannot operate a clutch in a manual. This has

>
> > been since 12/2008. Before then I owned several manuals, my favorite

>
> > was a 1992 Honda Accord 5 speed, that thing had serious power and pep.

>
> >

>
> > Anyway... I have one leg so I can easily control the brake and gas... I

>
> > really want this Celica, just because it is almost classic and I've

>
> > heard almost nothing but good things about them! It looks fun and

>
> > sporty, and the body design is forward looking enough so that it almost

>
> > looks as if it belongs here in the 10s.

>
> >

>
> > So... a friend of mine has suggested he can put an automatic

>
> > transmission in it. For under 1000. That seems like a helluva deal --

>
> > he said he'd get the tranny from a junkyard or similar, which is fine

>
> > with me if we have some way of determining the miles or otherwise

>
> > condition.

>
> >

>
> > On the other hand won't that significantly degrade power and

>
> > performance? The issue is, that I found a top notch hand clutch which

>
> > was universal for around 8.5k to 10i which I just can't do. What can I

>
> > get for significantly less? Just googling "hand clutch" etc is really

>
> > difficult because its just one of those phrases that fits so many places

>
> > outside of my search context... and my health insurance won't pay for

>
> > this even though they spent $60,000 on my Otto Bock 3d Helix bluetooth

>
> > enabled passive multitasking prosthesis, and they've spent over $500,000

>
> > on surgeries, over 5 months of hospital stays at Johns Hopkins, George

>
> > Washington Univ. Hosp, and then there's six rounds of aggressive

>
> > chemotherapy which each time lasted 72 hours non-stop around the

>
> > clock... etc... in light of all that cash, why not spring say 5k to get

>
> > my car retrofitted???

>
> >

>
> > Arrrgh -- what do ya's think? Manual-Auto? or, reasonable clutch

>
> > conversion options?

>
>
>
> See if you can find a used one. I've seen them
> for $350 installed, but
>


When you say "find a used one" I presume you are talking about he transmission. True? That is amazing if so, what a low price! I've driven Hondas and Toyotas since 1986... and this once again shows what a wise choice I've made.

> not for a few years.


You still got yer Celica? Just curious.

> And those were NEW!


And this is the only response I've received in this thread -- meanwhile allthe OT political and religious drivel is growing by leaps and bounds.

Is this all you so-called Toyota people have to say on this? Alas, this iswhy I like the alt. groups, but once in a while you have an actual on-topic issue, and it gets stepped over like a horse biscuit on the side walk (nasty cops don't clean up after their horses).

OK people speak up... handicap coming through!

Oh yeah lemme tell you the story of visiting the Presidential Inauguration of 2012 -- we were all the way up at the front, rubbing elbows with Generals, Admirals, celebrities and other various luminaries. Ahhh but that's foranother thread.

Back to the Celica -- I gotta get this baby on the road asap. What should I do? Convert to auto, or shop for a clutch hand kit? I want the control that a manual gives especially in this tiny but sporty car... but I also wanna know that ...I am safe to drive in all conditions, especially those where super fast reflexes are called for.
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