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Post by simmit » Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:11 am

From which vehicle is the Middlebridge gear lever sourced?
I mistakenly bought a Sierra one but found the bend is 180 degrees out.



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Post by simmit » Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:23 am

I should have said for manual gearbox not auto.



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Post by DARK STAR » Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:08 pm

I have a quick shift on my Middlebridge engine (and it's not in a Middlebridge 8) ) but the 'box was removed from a passing Scorpio ...


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Post by scimjim » Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:32 pm

What you call a Scorpio in Europe Chris, we called the mk3 Granada in UK until the bug eyed version (although confusingly we had a Granada Scorpio where Scorpio was the trim level!) The 24v engine never got a manual box.


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Post by simmit » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:52 am

DARK STAR wrote:
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I have a quick shift on my Middlebridge engine (and it's not in a Middlebridge 8) ) but the 'box was removed from a passing Scorpio ...
Firstly, is your gearbox Ford type 9, as fitted to Middlebridge? Or, is it MT75 which I believe was more common fitment for mainland European vehicles?
Secondly, if Type 9, then are you happy with the Quick-shift operation (push comes to shove I might go that route)?



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Post by philhoward » Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:27 am

We went through this a while ago and Chris does have a Type 9.

As far as I know, all Ford car fitment type 9 gearlevers are angled backwards. The SS1 one was modified by Reliant (removing the rubber bush at the same time) to angle forwards. I've not studied the lever in my K series Sabre but that looks to be straight.


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Post by DARK STAR » Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:06 pm

As Phil says ...

Quick shift is magnificent, very positive and clean, highly recommended.


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Post by simmit » Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:10 pm

philhoward wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:27 am

As far as I know, all Ford car fitment type 9 gearlevers are angled backwards.
It's possible then the Middlebridge lever is unique and no spares available :( .
To make best of it I've cut a Sierra lever at the bend then welded it so the lever is now straight. Rubber parts melted a bit and caught fire but seems to have survived. Road tested OK (so far?).



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Post by simmit » Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:22 pm

DARK STAR wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:06 pm

Quick shift is magnificent, very positive and clean, highly recommended.
Can you say which make of quick shift it is (there are several)?



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Post by Will Anderson » Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:38 pm

Try a PM to Red Rocket. If I remember a conversation at Gatcombe correctly he put a quick shift in one of his Middlebridges when he had some gearbox work done. Memory is that it was MB21 but don't quote me as I often can't remember what I did last week so the accuracy of a conversation five years ago is suspect! :wink:


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Post by DARK STAR » Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:54 am

Sorry, I've no idea what make it is, but I think one of the reasons it was installed was because the original lever was at the wrong angle ...


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:49 am

Off at a slight tangent, coupe racing did a good article on moving the gear lever on a type 9 that he fitted to his 6a


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Post by scimjim » Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:29 pm

Just found these in my Dropbox - shows that all Ford applications have the gearstick angled back about 32 degrees (and have 32 degrees between forward/back gears).
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Post by simmit » Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:58 pm

scimjim wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:29 pm
Just found these in my Dropbox - shows that all Ford applications have the gearstick angled back about 32 degrees (and have 32 degrees between forward/back gears).

So the question remains .................... Where did Middlebridge get their forward facing gearlevers from?



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Post by philhoward » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:00 pm

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?


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