>I have a minor problem with the gearbox of my '69 B: if I want to slow the car
>down by releasing the accelerator while engaged in third gear, it wants to
>throw itself out of gear into neutral. Otherwise the gearbox is smooth. Any
>ideas for possible causes and what it would take to fix it?
>Frank van Dalen
When I had this problem, it was due to a loose nut on the main shaft of the
transmission (I would be more technical but I am at work and away from my
trusty MG manuals).
The solution in any case is removal of the transmission for repairs. In my
case I ignored it. One day the car got stuck in fourth gear. Since I was to
leave the country for a temporary job assignment in Colombia within a few
weeks, I immediately pulled the transmission out and had it repaired so
that my wife would have the car to use while I was gone.
All that work and she never drove it while I was gone (but then it was the
dead of winter in Wyoming).
When I returned, I found the clutch wouldn't work because the hydraulic
fluid had leaked out. After I fixed that, my speedo died (right angle
drive). Ah, the joys of owning an English car (BTW that was ten years ago
and the car still runs).