I don't really know about TR6, but I can verify from personal observation
that the earlier transmissions were designed so that you were supposed to
have to lift the lever to get into the reverse selector. I suspect this
was also true for early TR6 (pre-CC10961, perhaps). The blowup in the Moss
TR6 catalog looks exactly like my TR3 and 4 transmissions, and the part
number for the pre-CC10961 reverse selector is the same, where the 'floor'
of the selector is a little higher than the other selectors. There is also
no other mechanism shown to hold the lever in the 3-4 selector.
I don't have the means to send you a picture, but I can vouch that I have
several of them disassembled in the garage, and you can even see the wear
where people didn't lift the lever !
Since there have also been a fair number of people, like yourself, that say
this is not the case, I suspect it wasn't true on later cars.
And of course, we've had several threads on all the errors and omissions to
be found in the Bentley manuals (as well as Haynes, Chiltons, Clymer,
Autobook, etc.) <g>
On Monday, July 26, 1999 4:42 PM, Jim Davis [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Ed and others,
> I don't know why some folks think the shift lever on a TR6 is supposed
> to be pulled up to properly engage reverse. Please explain it to me. The
> owners manual reprinted in the Bentley manual reads under the heading
> Gear Shift Lever(27):
> "Moving the gear shift lever from neutral, the gear positions are as
> Reverse .. Move the lever sharply to the extreme right and rearward.
> Engage only when the vehicle is stationary."
> Now if it were necessary to pull up on the shift lever, one would think
> the writers of the owners manual would have mentioned it. If some one
> can provide empirical evidence to the contrary, please do so and I will
> admit humbly to being wrong. Until then, if you 'gotta pull up on your
> TR6 shift lever to properly engage reverse, you have a problem. Maybe a
> small adjustment problem, but a problem all the same.
> By the way, did you hear about the guy who slipped spanish fly to his
> date at a drive-in and.....
> Jim Davis
> Fortson, GA