I think the Question is can you bolt up a manual trans to a 6.2. With the Right bell housing you can bolt up any Trans you want. As of yet, I have not seen a 6.2 SOHC swap into a Panther. If I had deep pockets I totally would drop one into a Town Car.
2003 Mercury Marauder (300AB Stock w/ over 200k miles)
2000 Crown Vic.
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If your looking for a large comfortable ride with that Retro Feel without the Retro looks, then the Panther chassis is your Car. It's the best Modern car from 1979 you can buy.