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Re: '66 MGB transmission conversion

To: "Pete Ryner" <>, "MG List" <>
Subject: Re: '66 MGB transmission conversion
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 22:56:14 -0700
1. sounds like my '66 (but I didn't sell it -- honest!)

2. I wouldn't bother with the switch just for the 4-synchro transmission, 
so long as one of the original ones is in good shape. It may even be 
economical to do some preventive maintenance to the early trans, as 
opposed to the trouble of replacing the engine rear plate, flywheel, 
starter, shift lever, gearshift knob, driveshaft,  and hacksawing the 
tunnel, and cobbling up a tunnel top cover, and replacing the tunnel 
carpet, and having your speedo read wrong.

3. if you gather from this description that I have been through this, you 
are correct; except that I did it for an OD transmission, which is 
arguably worth it.

Pete Ryner had this to say:

>I recently purchased a '66 MGB I want to use for a daily driver.  It came
>with two '66 vintage transmissions and a complete later model transmission
>(all non-overdrive).  I have heard that the later model transmissions are
>much stronger and will fit the car with some minor modifications to the
>body/drive line.  Normally I'm a purist and strive to keep LBCs as original
>as possible.  However, this car already has a lot of bondo, rust, and
>requires too much work to restore to original.  Anyone out there have any
>experience or suggestions on making the transition?
>Pete Ryner
> '66 MGB (in-work)
>'56 TR-3 (occasional driver, all original)


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.

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