i had the same swap your thinking of on my 89' corolla. It used to be automatic carb, but now it's a fuel injected 5-speed. the only things i still need is a good in-line fuel pump, and a new water pump... but yeah, wiring is the hardest part (i had a mechanic do the work).
the only work i did was pull out the old motor and with help from friends, get the 4age one in, not hard at all.... after that i left it up to a mechanic cause i also needed my msd wired up and everything. overall, it cost me close to $900. that's cause the car needed a lot of work, new radiator and a bunch of other stuff.
Hey, thanks for all the replies. Just now looking into options for the 88 with the rod problem. Will check locally for engine series availability. Will take any and all advice on the engine/trans swap. Its been down for 3 weeks. My guess is that it will become a winter project. Thanks again. hmj
i didn't do any of the work with changing the car from auto to stick, some of my friends did. they didn't complain about it, so i'm assuming it wasn't that hard. most of the peices i got from the junk yard, the only thing i couldn't find there was the throttle position sensor which set me back about $160 at autozone