You can change the shifter location on a t5. You have to change the tailshaft housing and trans top cover for one from a s10 pickup truck transmission. And you will have to use a shifter from a mustang cobra with a t56 trans, it will bolt onto the s10 tail housing. The s10 tail housing moves the shifter to the front of the tail housing, not on the rear like the mustang housing. I did this to my t5 in my coupe and it worked out fine. BTW my coupe is a gen 2 but from your pics it should clear your frame as well. I picked up the parts off of ebay, they were not expensive and its an easy bolt on. And the bushing for the driveshaft in the housing is the same size so the driveshaft will fit. HTH, ewh123.