Thanks for the details. I want to have full-synchro O/D in my '67 Mk3, but
having a gearshift slamming into the radio that I just spent so much time
and money restoring would be totally unacceptable to my way of thinking.
I'm about ready to purchase a '79 O/D transmission, but I want to be certain
that I can shift gears without interfering with the radio controls. Too
much to ask? I don't think so. The way I prefer to drive, the longer throw
of the single rail transmissions bothers me from a theoretical standpoint,
but so long as I can shift without banging up the radio, I think I can live
Jeff in San Diego
'67 RHD Spitfire Mk3 aka "Mrs. Jones"
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----- Original Message -----
From: Joe Curry <email@example.com>
To: Jeff McNeal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Ken C <email@example.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2000 8:31 AM
Subject: Re: Gearbox
> I have been avoiding this thread until now because my thoughts up till now
have been stated by others.
> However, The full synchro 3-rail (circa MkIV) that I have in My Mk1 also
hits the radio knobs in first gear. The radio I have is a
> Clarion AM/FM/ Cassette and has a side to side knob in the center for fast
forward and reverse. CHanging gears with a tape in it often
> hits that knob and causes the tape to have fits.
> It could be that the early 3-rail gearboxes without the synchro in first
and being shorter sit further back than the later full synchro
> ones. THere is about 1/2 inch difference in the length and the additional
1/2 inch happens to be for2ward of the shift lever. So that
> may explain it.
> One remedy for this may be to find an unused GT6 shifter and use it.
Those are shorter and have the exact attaching points as the
> 3-rail ones.
> Jeff McNeal wrote:
> > Ken,
> > Must have something to do with the inner measurements of your newer Spit
> > versus my older one. My 3-rail gearbox doesn't interfere with my radio
> > buttons at all!
> > Best wishes,
> > Jeff
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Ken C <email@example.com>
> > To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2000 7:35 AM
> > Subject: Gearbox
> > >
> > > Jeff,
> > >
> > > Mine's a 3-rail and it almost touches the radio. In fact, the gear
> > if
> > > pushed hard, can brush one of the buttons. I had a '69 Spit with a
> > > mechanical push-button radio long ago. You had your favorite station
> > the
> > > second push-button, 'cause everytime you hit 1st gear, that button was
> > > pushed.
> > >
> > > Of course, no problem if the car just sits in the garage, waiting for
> > > parts... grrrrrrrr !!
> > >
> > > Ken C
> > >