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john-ayr
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Posted - 03 Dec 2021 :  11:22:31 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Does anybody know how to get the gearbox top cover back on? Is there a trick to it? The box is out of the car, still looks very tricky.

John-Ayr

andydeans3
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
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Posted - 04 Dec 2021 :  00:32:11 Show Profile Reply with Quote
John
I'm not a gearbox specialist, but I know a man who is.
I'll ask him the morn, and get back to you.

1978 LHD SAAB 96
1978 MGB Roadster
2008 LHD "Classic" Renault Twingo
1991 Nissan Figaro

Edited by - andydeans3 on 04 Dec 2021 00:47:07
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andydeans3
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1614 Posts

Posted - 04 Dec 2021 :  10:42:07 Show Profile Reply with Quote
John
My gearbox guru says the following:-

Make sure the g/box is in neutral ie all the bronze selectors lined up with the recesses in line. Place the lid onto one edge of the gearbox casing lilted up so that you can see underneath it and using a torch as you lower it down watch that the dangling arm goes into the lined up selector recesses and that the two swinging arms with the round dowels go into the triangles on on the selectors, then just gently lower the lid down secure it.

Andy

1978 LHD SAAB 96
1978 MGB Roadster
2008 LHD "Classic" Renault Twingo
1991 Nissan Figaro
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GeoffC
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 04 Dec 2021 :  21:54:08 Show Profile Reply with Quote
This will be useful for me Andy. I have just acquired a Chris Partington built gearbox from a 96. I'm putting it into my Sonett so that I can have a working freewheel. The Sonett's box has had the freewheel welded up. So because the Sonett gear selector comes out the opposite side I will have to change cover plates. Thanks for the info, I'll let you know if it works!
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john-ayr
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Posted - 05 Dec 2021 :  12:48:29 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Andy
many thanks for taking the trouble to get me this info.This must be almost impossible with the box in!

Best regards, John-Ayr
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andydeans3
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1614 Posts

Posted - 06 Dec 2021 :  13:40:01 Show Profile Reply with Quote
John
No trouble John, we 96ers all help each other out, in order to keep these wonderful machines on the road.

I'm not absolutely certain, but I don't think you can do anything on the internals of the gearbox, with it in the car.

1978 LHD SAAB 96
1978 MGB Roadster
2008 LHD "Classic" Renault Twingo
1991 Nissan Figaro
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ratty
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United Kingdom
283 Posts

Posted - 07 Dec 2021 :  08:35:21 Show Profile Reply with Quote
It is possible to remove gr/box lid with it in car, I did it couple of months back. Biggest problem is getting access to the bolts. Very fiddly. You need a lot of patience. I had a serious gear selection problem using GL5 oil. So it was all a waste of time!

nigel martin-oakley
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