The forward gears work fine, but getting into reverse is marginal, and unless I keep pressure on the lever it slips out very easily, and silently. Anything obvious I can look into please? The tunnel boot seems fine...
Thanks Harvey. Box has just been drained and refilled with correct oil (was an EP); clutch lever re-adjusted to 1 spline ahead of vertical. From underneath I can see a bush in the selector shaft - whitish plastic/nylon - which protrudes several mm below the metal of the shaft. Cannot feel any sign of a detent in the selection, but thats probably not unusual. Guess I will have to lift the tunnel finisher and check the state of the spherical seat. I see in other posts of yours a link to a diagram of how the shifter parts fit together, but it no longer works. Apparently the parts book diagrams are misleading ?
This is my lever. I think this is a plastic acorn type....without its acorn? The polish just above would indicate rubbing on something that shouldnt be there. Its almost exactly 12" long bare of the knob etc/ Long type? Car is 74, chassis 481...D.
One of the vendors sells a replacement acorn - is this a viable approach? The rubber boot has a small crack in it, so will look into replacing that .
I think I would be tempted to replace the spherical bush while you're at it, given their propensity to disintegrate. The plastic seems to get more brittle as it ages, and darkens over time. Yours looks to be the same colour mine had become when it expired. Also available from Geoff at Wins.
Have ordered the acorn from Wins, but the seat seems to be in good condition - no cracks, not dry, soft, pliable. Will perservere with it for a while. Scott at oldrubber lists the seat part, so hopefully it will be available faster than UK postage. The big rubber boot doesnt seem to be listed by anybody, so I may have to patch it up.
WHich big rubber boot? The round one on the underneath of the tunnel? Geoff at Wins has one of those, I've just returned it to him unused as I opted for a different solution for my cobblefabbled LT77 installation.
They are. I used to be able to post a link to the relevant page in the parts book to explain the problem, but those links no longer work. If you can scan and post the page then I will be able to do the same.
Thanks. As soon as I get the acorn fitted will check the mount. Is there a way to refurb the original mount with new rubbers? MGBD say they do an exchange refurb, but that not very practical to do from Oz.
Harvey, here is a scan of the 1973 parts book page. Diagram is same as later parts books, just fewer optional levers listed. If people dont have a copy of the 1977 parts book I recommend it - index in front by description of parts, index at rear by part number are very useful.