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

To: Rick Fisk <refisk@chartermi.net>
Subject: Re: [Spridgets] Anybody have a dead ribcase out back?
From: David Booker <tncarnut1@yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2013 13:12:47 -0700 (PDT)
Cc: spridget <spridgets@autox.team.net>
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Actually, the one I'm missing is the one to the left and below your
number 1. The top of the point of the #1 arrow in your illustration is very
close to the bolt I'm missing. I can't really tell, but the one in your image
seems to have a sensor or a switch incorporated into it. (at least it looks
like there are a couple of wires attached there). The one in my original
tranny does not have any wires, so I had assumed this one did not either. As
far as looks, the one from my original tranny looks very similar to your
"number 2" bolt in that the bolt head is very shallow in depth. 

Sorry this
is all so confusing, folks. I really do appreciate all the efforts here. I'm
going to go over to my storage facility and dig around to see if I can find
any old books and see if I can do any more to help identify the missing bolt.
 - David

 From: Rick Fisk
To: David Booker <tncarnut1@yahoo.com> 
Cc: Peter
Caldwell <peter@nosimport.com>; spridget <spridgets@autox.team.net> 
Saturday, September 28, 2013 3:14 PM
Subject: Re: [Spridgets] Anybody have a
dead ribcase out back?


I'm confused now, so I took a photo of a
trans and posted it to the Team.net Spridget forum.  Take a look and tell us
which bolt you're referring to - 1, 2, or 3.


Sent from my

On Sep 27, 2013, at 6:32 PM, David Booker <tncarnut1@yahoo.com>

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
>From: Peter Caldwell
>To: David Booker <tncarnut1@yahoo.com>; spridget
>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
>>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"
>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
you may have out behind the garage. I'd REALLY appreciate it if
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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