Hey McGoo I am going to have some sixer questions for you as soon as I get my car home. I really like the hot rodded six. You might be onto something here.Welcome to the best Camaro site on the web.
Good plan on going from an auto to a 5 speed. Fair bit of work involved, but not out of reach if you have a good mechanical aptitude & lots of patience.
There is lots of information available here to guide you through it.