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Semi-auto? Paddle Shifters?

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    Semi-auto? Paddle Shifters?

    Hello All,

    A while back I began a project transplanting an LS1 with a T56 into my '93 Mazda Rx-7. I had my sub-chassis rebuilt by Henson Supercars for this transformation. I got my engine and transmission from a '02 TransAM with ~30k mi. Not long after that, I was in a motorcycle accident that rendered my right arm partially paralyzed! After a few years out of the game I want to get my car running. But, I can't shift anymore!

    Does anybody have any advice on a semi-automatic transmission? I'd like to put in paddle shifters. I think I'm going to use a MegaSquirt ECU/PCM, but I haven't been able to figure out if it offers a transmission controller or not. Any suggestions or advice on how to go about doing this would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

    -Adam

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    I'll check with my brother in law he know's Larry Reyes and is supposed to see him in Nashville soon. He's a professioinal racer who became partially paralyzed and is organizing a race series for disabled drivers, and since he is close friends with Bill Taylor and Larry Coleman I'm sure they'd know something. I'll see what kind of stuff they use.

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    Thanks a lot! I really appreciate it. Just so you know. I have use of my biceps, forearms, and hand. I have some shoulder movement, but not a lot and I'm lacking external rotation (the real thing that will keep me from a shifter).

    I wouldn't have any problems with paddle shifters on the steering wheel or even up/down shift in the center console. I was thinking that maybe I could use an automatic with electronic activation and set it up with paddle switches. From what I've seen, it looks like I'll need a stand alone transmission controller.

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