Manual transmissions don't have a valve body, period.
Blue, seriously, I thought if anybody would know that, it would be you. I am disapointed that you would overlook the above fact just to slam him and his auto celica.
Umm, I never said manuals did have a valve body. I thought he was talking about aftermarket ones that let/make you shift an auto tranny manually.
If the Celica's auto trannies weren't so detrimental to their acceleration, I wouldn't have any problem with suggesting them. But most people on these boards who actually ask about trannies are asking about performance, so why dig yourself a hole to climb out of before you even start to mod the car?
Manuals are fun and all, but the regular replacement of clutches has turned me off to owning one as a daily driver. Sure, they are efficient and offer gerater control over the gears, but for regular transportation, it'a s pain in the ass.
And there's your typical anti-manual comment.
I happen to love driving my manual GTS, even through rush hour traffic. BTW, I've got 100K on my stock clutch.
My heart gets all fluttery when I think back to my old El Camino. 350 small block with a TH350 loaded with a high stall convertor and a real nice shift kit. I would jam through the gears with the column shifter (yes a column shifter) and that rust and primered truck would walk on z28's and vettes on the weekend. it was great fun.
Must've been nice having an engine 3x bigger than a 1ZZ/2ZZ, and all the torque that came with it.
You didn't have to worry about gearing or lack of low end power anywhere near as much as a Celica does (especially a 2ZZ). Even with a shift kit, torque converter, and NA mods, the best he can hope for NA is to beat a stock GT. Not worth all the time and $$$$ put into it when he could've picked up a turbo and smoked most modded NA GTS', or a TRD
SC and beaten stock GTS'.