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Mark Hammond
August 4, 2017, 4:54am Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Mark Hammond
Probably just needs the remote control shifter rebushing.  1 hour and a £15 kit'll see that sorted.


See, I told you!    


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Suzuki Vitara S Auto, Cosmic Black, 2017.
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Pete Lewis
August 4, 2017, 6:04am Report to Moderator

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Yes  pleased it worked , the simple and basics are always a first before dreaming of deep pockets and pending nighmares,
Many miss the middle pivot and fork as its hidden under the casting
Ive rebuilt many boxes and one thing puzzles me the square headed dowel bolt in the remote shaft is really figging tight, but its loose in the the selector thread, you can move the selector on its shaft but the dowel, is firmly stuck bottomed out in the  shaft ,  getting the dowel bolt uncrewed is a nightmare , a replaced dowel locks it all ok .  Grrrr!
this dosnt make any sense, the thread in the selector cant wear, and the thread forces the taper dowel in place , how can the dowel be tight in the shaft location but apparently loose in the selector threads ,  and you cant undo it , its gorilla tight, but not in its  threads   more Grr!!,

1964 1600 Vitesse 6 Cactus and Black , now  sold
now have T2000   Mk2 saloon in French Blue/grey trim  been  restored without running since 1997
now has power steering ,poly bushed and Alfa 156 seats
location  Luton
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TR7th Heaven
September 21, 2017, 5:47pm Report to Moderator

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Lots of recommendations for Mike Papworth but he did my Vitesse gearbox and I wasn't happy.
Firstly, it cost over £100 more than quoted. When I collected the box, Mike showed me a tin full of worn bits to justify this but they could've been from anywhere and he knew I was no expert.
More importantly, whilst the rebuilt box worked it was noisy in the lower 3 gears and got progressively noisier over the weeks following. I complained to Mike but his reply was 'Happy motoring'
It ruined the car for me so despite having spent thousands on resorting it I sold it on. I was just heartbroken.
Not sure whether the major suppliers are any better.

Bootiful Norfolk  
1972 Triumph Spitfire MKIV

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Nick Jones
September 21, 2017, 8:12pm Report to Moderator

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Trouble with rebuilding these now is that most have been rebuilt several times before and critical parts are often pretty much worn out.  The quality of the result is necessarily strongly related to the basic condition of the box supplied.  Though bearings, synchros and most shafts are available new, the gears, sleeves, spacers etc are mostly not, so either you are re-using worn parts, or worse, using a mixture of less worn parts from different 'boxes.  They can be made to work perfectly well, but they are not always as quiet as they should be.

When you go for a basic "service exchange" from one of the big players you take pot luck.  This could be a winner (or at least no loss) if you know your own starting point to be pretty bad, but if you know your start point to be quite reasonable then you are better off using someone like Mike to freshen it up - just make it clear that you want your box back!

I've got a GT6 'box of unknown condition to look inside at some point.  I'm not very optimistic as every 6 cylinder 3 rail box I've ever looked in has been shot to bits......


Nick Jones
Somerset UK

Vitesse Mk 1.5 Convertible EFI, Survivor of RBRR 2008, HCR & 10CR 2009, HCR 2010, 10CR2011, HCR 2012, 10CR2013, 10CR2015, HCR 2016 & HCR 2017.
GT6 Mk3 Roto - project in progress
Spitfire MKIV son's project now on the road as a daily driver
2.5 PI Saloon now EFI (PIe?), Engine rebuilt and running sweet.  Diff howling...... Survivor of HCR 2013 & 2014 Gone to live in Swansea
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Pete Lewis
September 22, 2017, 9:17am Report to Moderator

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yes i echo Nicks thought

you cant expect utopia from 40 yr old recons


1964 1600 Vitesse 6 Cactus and Black , now  sold
now have T2000   Mk2 saloon in French Blue/grey trim  been  restored without running since 1997
now has power steering ,poly bushed and Alfa 156 seats
location  Luton
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There have been a couple of chaps (Dennis Benson, and TLD) building all new units for customers.

I know that for a fact because we were selling them all the new factory components, inc all the speed gears, clusters, inputs.  

Between them they have all but cleared us out of some of the critical bits, but anything they have supplied in the last few years should be top notch.

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