It's always been my impression that folks go to the 5-speed MGB conversion
for the "overdrive" fifth gear ratio more than anything else. By the way,
the 5-speed gearbox conversion for the MG TD series makes much more sense in
that you replace the original "stump puller" first gear with a much more
useable ratio and effectively gain a new final drive ratio without having to
replace the rear axle gears, ala Carl Cederstand. I helped a club member do
this and noted that only a small notch had to be made in the wooden
floorboard to accomodate the new equipment. In other words, it is very easy
to return to an original configuration.
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Sent: Friday, June 29, 2001 10:22 AM
Subject: Re: 5 Speed - Why?
> I read on this list and others of the various conversions to fit English
> American or Japanese tranmissions to MGs, and I sit here wondering what
> the fuss is about.
> Yes, I understand that people want to be doing something to (supposedly)
> enhance the performance of their cars, or to 'customise' them so that they
> stand out from the crowd, and I suppose the transmission swaps are as good
> outlet for this as any.
> But what many people seem to overlook, is that either of the 2 stock
> transmissions is perfectly servicabe. I prefer the non-synch version,
> although I do use them with CR gears, but I also have an MGC with the all
> synch, so am familiar with both. The cost of converting to another
> transmission is high (you can usually get a CR gear set for less), and you
> end up with a non-stock car that doesn't necessarily function any better
> a stock one with OD.
> I've driven and raced all versions of the stock transmissions, and there
> nothing about them that would have me aching to replace them, although I
> prefer the ratios in the CR version. Maybe that's just me......
> Bill S.
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