Thanks for the info, 3.2 is better but still not tall enough for me.
I doubt I will fit a 5 speed when I go manual.
Many vehicles only use a strong three speed transmission for land speed racing. Some use a 4 speed with 1st and reverse removed to save the hp loss turning those. I do have a Ford 3 speed top loader that I may well use.
No matter what I will have to make my own scatter shield or make an adaptor from the block to a bolt pattern that will allow me to purchase a scatter shield and bolt up the manual transmission.