635csi woes, What should I do
Alright, I've got a 1985 635csi. Here's my situation.
The car has been sitting for over a year, the A-clutch on the transmission is fried. The tranny fluid seems burnt, and it's stuck in gear.
Meanwhile, the car has begun to rust into the ground. I've been doing my best to keep it away, but basically, my passanger side quarterpanel around the wheelwell is toast, needs to be cut out and have a new piece welded in. Bondo isn't cutting it.
A new transmission for the car, another automatic (which is what caused the problem) will run me 400-700 dollars. I have no way of moving the car, so I'd have to have it towed out, with the transmission still in gear... Meaning I would have to block up the tires, and disconnect the driveshaft.
The other option I have is a manual tranny conversion. I haven't been able to figure out just what I'd need, but I'm planning on calling bavarian auto recycling for a quote... This would mean me praying to god that I don't have to replace the entire ECU...and hoping that I'd be able to do this for under a grand.
What would you guys suggest I do about this? I'm really not sure which option to take here. I'd be doing all the work myself, meaning the cost of a set of jack stands (hopefully will get the car high enough to drop the tranny out) or towing it to a shop where the work can be preformed for an exorbanant rate). As for the rust, well, I'd have to find a car and cut the quarterpanels, and one of the front fenders off of it.
Also, FYI, there are three diffrent automatic transmissions for the 1985 635 CSI, I cannot for the life of me get under the car to identify which one I have. Is there an easier way to get this information? and where exactly on the transmission would it be located?