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Post by simmit » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:04 pm

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I’m going to guess that they modified a standard one with an angle grinder and a welder, just like Reliant did for the SS1?
You may be correct but I could see no signs of such modification on the one removed from MB50. Must say my angle grinder and weld bodge on the replacement seems to be working fine. It now slips into 1st gear nicely.



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Post by scimjim » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:02 pm

Does the Middlebridge lever retain the rubber anti-vib joint?


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Post by Will Anderson » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:06 pm

Don't know about the later MB's but MB14 has this Sierra plastic saddle at the base of the gear lever. And, yes, it wears and then rattles like a rattly thing. At least it is cheap to replace.


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Post by scimjim » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:30 pm

No, all type 9s have that bit (you can get them in different materials for racing applications).

On the actual gearstick (on the Ford), there’s a wider section 2/3rds of the way down, that contains a rubber anti-vibration section.
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Post by Roger Pennington » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:46 pm

simmit wrote:
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but I could see no signs of such modification on the one removed from MB50
This may be a daft question, but what was actually wrong with the original one?


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Post by Will Anderson » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:10 am

scimjim wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:30 pm
No, all type 9s have that bit (you can get them in different materials for racing applications).

On the actual gearstick (on the Ford), there’s a wider section 2/3rds of the way down, that contains a rubber anti-vibration section.
Pass, its been about 4 years since it was out. :) Looking at the image, I don't suppose they heated them and straightened them?


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Post by philhoward » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:28 am

I suspect you’d melt any non-metallic parts way before you get hot enough to bend it...that’s probably why Reliant chopped the bush out and welded what was left back together at the angle they wanted.


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Post by Oldconn » Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:47 pm

Roger Pennington wrote:
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simmit wrote:
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but I could see no signs of such modification on the one removed from MB50
This may be a daft question, but what was actually wrong with the original one?
And I suppose it would not be possible just to turn the original the other way round? Doesn't work like that?


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Post by scimjim » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:13 pm

No, the three securing bolt holes aren’t symmetrical.


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Post by DARK STAR » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:49 am

Well, if that's the only difference why not drill three more holes in the collar?


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Post by scimjim » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:54 am

Because the collar is a triangle with 3 holes at the peaks - the base of the gearstick itself is also shaped and only fits in one orientation.


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Post by DARK STAR » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:57 am

Ah, should have known, it is Ford after all :roll:


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Post by GavinR » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:57 pm

Yes - if you fit a gearstick the wrong way round (possible with an after market rosejointed gearstick), you'll never find reverse!


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Post by simmit » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:50 pm

Roger Pennington wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:46 pm
simmit wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:04 pm
but I could see no signs of such modification on the one removed from MB50
This may be a daft question, but what was actually wrong with the original one?
Not a daft question at all. I was having difficulty selecting 1st and 2nd gears. I suspected either too much wear at lever fork end or too much wear in lever ball joint.
With new (2nd hand) modified lever now fitted (cut and weld mod to sort out the lever angle) 1st gear is a doddle and though 2nd is still a bit stiff when cold, it's fine when warm. Sorted!



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Post by Coupe Racing » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:03 pm

I thought stiff gear selection was due to the grade of oil


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