Series 2 gearbox stuck in reverse

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Yes, it could be a lot worse, assuming this is the fault.

I absolutely agree it will happen again if I don't get it seen to. I can't fix it myself, but I think I can find someone who can.

Thanks again for all your help,

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You're welcome. I'm glad (for you) that it is something reasonably straight forward!



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I can see the picture looking in the gear lever hole, and those from MecAnglais but none of the others.

From the response I assume MecAnglais can see the pictures ok.

Have you done something different with your other pictures?

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Sean.

Just a thought are you in France by any chance?

Just wondered if you are on a picture sharing site not viewable in England?



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Just to add my tuppence, I can see all photos on my mobile phone's web browser, except for the very first.one posted by the OP which has a sort of greyed out 'No entry' sign in the middle? I'm sure I must have been able to see it in the first place.



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Custard wrote:
2 months ago
I can see the picture looking in the gear lever hole, and those from MecAnglais but none of the others.

From the response I assume MecAnglais can see the pictures ok.

Have you done something different with your other pictures?

Thanks.

Sean.

Just a thought are you in France by any chance?

Just wondered if you are on a picture sharing site not viewable in England?
That's weird, all the pictures are links to my Google Photos. AFAIK, they should be visible to anyone. I'll try to make them more visible.

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I think I fixed the links, except for the first one that I can't edit.

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Yes looks fixed now apart from the first one thanks.

To me it also looks like the slot the lever slides in may have elongated a bit as well.

Sean.



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Do you mean the slot that allows the lever to be lifted upwards?

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Yes.

It didn't look nice and parallel sided to me as if it had worn upwards.

Also I could see the top plate was damaged a bit. I couldn't tell if the whole plate had been bent up a bit in the middle. That can also let the lever ride up a bit which in turn helps wear the end.

I haven't got one or a picture of one to compare it to though. I was working on the principle that a normal engineering slot is nice and parallel sided between two rounded holes, unless for some other reason they have to be squared off at the ends.

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I think you're right about the slot.

The top plate is slightly damaged around one of the bolt holes but does not appear to be bent.

It would be very nice to see a picture of one in new condition, but I can't find one. The workshop manual and parts list have drawings, but they are not very detailed.

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Yes I googled images for one and there were a couple, but none had the side on shot showing the slot and pin.

I have only ever had the later type so have not seen a real one out of the car.

My though was that if the slot was extended then the lever could rise up more and disengage with the forks below.

However if you are remaking that end anyway it probably doesn't make any difference as if the slot has extended a mm, you will end up with the end a mm longer when you have fixed it. The fixing plate can be welded and a suitable washer used on top.

I would probably fix it and keep an eye out for a spare one. It may also be worth looking at any other forums for vehicles that used the same engine I think the Austin A30 used the same engine and box.

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Hi,

I have found someone to fix it; exactly the kind of elderly mechanic who you need for this kind of job. He will also test fit it in a gearbox that he has at his shop. One of his main occupations is actually rebuilding classic-car gearboxes.

I'll report back on the results once it's done.

Yes, I was also wondering whether the A30 would have used the same lever, but I can't find any info on that either :(

Rgds,

D.



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Re: Series 2 gearbox stuck in reverse

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Hi all,

Update to my previous posts: The problem is definitely that the worn retainer allows me to lift the gear lever too high and right out of the fork.

I recently found this item on ebay and ordered it:

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Hopefully this should help solve the problem :)

D.



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