Converting a 94 Dakota 5.2 Automatic to manual.

Gray Grantham

Asked by Jul 17, 2015 at 05:32 PM about the 1994 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT Extended Cab SB

Question type: Car Customization

I have a 1994 Dodge Dakota 5.2 Motor - came with 46RE transmission stock.  I want
to convert to a Manual transmission.  I found a 94 Dakota with a 5.2 Motor and an
NV3500 5-Speed Transmission in a Salvage Yard.  The first thing I noticed is that the
Pilate Bearing that comes with the new clutch set and has an OD of 1.00' is too large
for the hole in the my Dakota's crank.  Is there a smaller diameter Bushing/Bearing
available for this application?  Does the crank need to be drilled to 1.00"?    Anyone
been through this drill before?

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Gray Grantham

OK so this ends up being a forrest for the trees scenario. The crankshaft has a hole probably slightly less than 1.00 in bored into it about 3 inches deep. What I had missed is there a much wider hole bored to a depth of about 1 inch and that hole is the one that the bearing goes into. Its approx (steel tape measure) 1-3/4" in dia. Anotehr problem I had is that Auto Zone, Pep Boys, O'Reilly and Carquest didn't have any of these in stock they were all special orders. I NEVER EVER, go to NAPA because they are so antiquated but guess who had this bearing in stock? Yep NAPA.. SKF Bearing #FC69907 $19

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