I was always told to "keep my foot into it", the gas that is, and flip the
overdrive switch. We used OD on the MGBs we raced at Sebring and Daytona,
and that is how the drivers engaged it.
From: Andrew R. Lindberg [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, July 19, 1999 8:33 AM
To: Craig Smith; 'Dean Dashwood'; 'tr6'; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Subject: Re: Triumph Spitfire Conversions
>IMHO (the overdrive is) more fun to drive than a
>5-speed - you can switch it in and out without lifing off the gas,
>without having to use the clutch, just by moving your finger, but
>without feeling like you're driving a car with an automatic gearbox.
I've always driven my overdrive like this, switching it w/o using the
clutch. But then yesterday, while my GT6's bodily fluids were being
replaced, a fellow overdrive-equipped car owner (TR4A) suggested that I use
the clutch to minimize wear and tear on the unit. Does anybody know whether
it makes a difference?
Andy Lindberg (GT6 in Minnesota)
p.s. My opinion on the 5-speed vs OD debate is that the GT6's tranny (not
its OD) is inadequate for the power it is transmitting and maybe a 5-speed
conversion could give me more hope of long-term viability.