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Re: [Spridgets] Anybody have a dead ribcase out back?

To: Peter Caldwell <peter@nosimport.com>, spridget <spridgets@autox.team.net>
Subject: Re: [Spridgets] Anybody have a dead ribcase out back?
From: David Booker <tncarnut1@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:32:39 -0700 (PDT)
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Hi Peter - sorry about the description. The one I'm missing is indeed the one
at 9:00. It faces straight out of the left side of the remote housing. I
checked with a known bolt and it is 3/8" coarse. The other two you mention -
one pointing roughly 45degrees back and to the left, and the other, which has
the wire and locking tab that is to the right side of the tranny, but facing
straight back. Does that help any?

 - David
(516) 662-9766
 From: Peter Caldwell <peter@nosimport.com>
To: David Booker <tncarnut1@yahoo.com>; spridget <spridgets@autox.team.net>
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2013 10:20 AM
Subject: Re: [Spridgets] Anybody
have a dead ribcase out back?

         Your description is a little
confusing, so help me 
here.   The "bolt" properly described as a cap, that
angles to the 
driver's side is the same size from late smooth-case through
rib-case, and many other BMC trannies in the day.  Part number is 
I have some used ones, and it is indeed 1/2 inch thread.
         There are
two other "bolts"  back there.... one faces left 
at 9-o'clock and one
rearward parallel to the shifter opening, and is 
drilled for wire.
The early smoothie up to ch.# H25508 used cap number 2A3354, 
which I don't
         Is it possible you have an early remote housing?
Let me know.
       Peter C
At 07:27 AM 9/27/2013, David Booker wrote:
>I need a part
from a dead ribcase tranny. I'm in the process of swapping mine
>out with
another I bought because a tooth from my first gear decided a
>sedentary life
amongst the dredges in the bottom of the box was more alluring
>than the
constant-motion life up near the top.
>Anyway. The tranny I bought
missing a little bolt on the driver side near the top of the rear portion
the shifter remote linkage mechanism. The bolt has a very thin head on it
in it doesn't stick out very far from the surface it is threaded into) The
>bolt shaft is hollow and holds a spring with a metal cap over the end. This
>cap presses against the shift levers inside and I believe helps to locate
>neutral. This entire bolt is missing from my "new" tranny.
>My initial
>thought was "no big deal, just take the one from my old tranny and be done
>with it". Good thought, but... As it turns out, there are two different sizes
>of these bolts. My car is a '71. Thanks to Brian Seavey, I know that a
>smoothcase tranny has the same (too large) bolt as my ribcase does.
>diameter of the too-large bolt shaft is around 1/2". Thread size I need is
>3/8" coarse.
>Since the Smoothcase is the same as my '71, I'm thinking it
>need to come from a RWA car??
>So... If you could all go look at any
>tranny's you may have out behind the garage. I'd REALLY appreciate it if
>let me buy this bolt and the spring and cap inside it..  I can't
>everything up till I find one.
>Help!  Thanks folks!
>  - David


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