$5500 for an EA Ghia? I wouldnt pay that much unless it was a rare 5 speed and had like 50,000kms on it.
Get your mate to offer the guy $3k-3.5k for the Ghia, and spend the leftover on a manual conversion, cam, exhaust and XR6 diff.
1993 ED XR6 M5 (1 of 329)
Turbo on the way!!
1993 EBII Fairmont (Now wrecking, PM if you want any parts)
1988 Nissan R31 Skyline