These came from 1st gear or the 3/4th gear sliding hub assembly. This is
usually caused by the buffer stops being gone or running through gears with
the tunnel off. It is caused when the selector shaft goes too far and the
sliding hub outer allows the detent balls and springs to be liberated. At
any rate you need to pull it apart and return them to their home being sure
to put the buffer pads back in both in the OD plate and bell housing recess.
A trick when reassembling is to use a wooden dowel cut to the length of the
inside gearbox so you can assemble the gear cluster outside the box, drop
them in place and push the dowel out with the real shaft.
See the diagram on Moss web site items #27,28 and 42,43:
Don't ask how I know, this was just one of many "features" of the Healey
gearbox I have discovered. I have since changed to a Toyota over gearbox
http://www.wavewired.net/~tracy choose transmission
By the way, I hope your speedo cable and angle drive arrived safely.
Tracy (AKA y_cart)
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
Behalf Of Jim Shope
Sent: Sunday, March 26, 2006 7:21 PM
while inspecting the side shift trans i bought recently, i discovered two
small springs, 1/4 by 11/16s and two balls laying in the bottom of the case.
actually, one of the springs fell when i was checking the shifters. i have
accounted for the shifter detent balls and springs and the reverse detent
balls and springs. everything appears to be correct, but this is my first
exposure to a side shift transmission and i might be missing the big
picture. cannot see in the catalog, which lists five required, where the
extras go and my haynes book does not mention them. the trans has been
apart at least one before and these could be leftover parts, but the little
springs really throw me. any ideas out there? healeymanjim