Anything can be done, with enough time and enough money. But that doesn't mean it should be done. You can invest $30,000 in a Honda Civic and turn it into a drag car, but you could spend a lot less and buy a 2000 Camaro SS and have a car that's just as fast. I'm all for customizing cars - be it for looks, for performance, for off-road capability, what have you. And I respect the fact that you want to make the car smoke tires. The five-speed swap sounds like an incredible idea. But I don't think the money invested would ever give you the results you want as far as tuning the engine goes. I'd look for something with a 302, 318 or 350 in it, and go to town.