My Bug has the Rialto gearbox fitted; reverse is lift, right and back. Put it into reverse last week but it stuck in reverse and could not move the lever to select another gear or neutral. Dropped the gearbox yesterday fearing the worst but all looks ok. The only thing I can think is the lever slipped across from reverse maybe due to the clip on the cover slipping. Has anyone else had this problem and any advice gratefully received. Thanks.
Funny enough, I have a similar issue. mines an early box with reverse up,left and back. Test drove it the other week and the gearbox seized in gear. I'm afraid I have no answer to yours or my problem. Chris
Assuming the clutch is actually working (!) so that that isn't the source of the problem, there's been a discussion on the Scimitar forum recently about a very similar issue on Ford T9 boxes. It seems there's a sort of sleeve or bush affair where the gear lever pivots, whose function is to keep the pivot point pretty much in one place. If this bush wears (which it seems it does fairly easily) the pivot point can move about, making gear selection at best sloppy and at worst impossible. Is there a similar component in your gearboxes which might be the source of this problem?
Another aspect discussed is the grade of oil in the gearbox, which has a decided effect on gear selection, especially when cold. If either of you has chenged the oil recently that too might be worth looking at.
I used regually have the problem that the leaver would come up too much and out of the selectors. The problem was that the clip was loose, because the holes it fits in were warn. I drilled them out and pushed in a short bit of roll pin as a sleve. This made the clip a good fit again and no more pulling the leaver off.
Pal had the same problem with a Reliant Robin box...he stirs porridge as he drives along. On a tour of the Highlands last years box locked up and no amount of force would free or select gears. Called out the AA rescue and he said can you get it out of gear, took the wire clip off and removed the gear stick reset the selectors and loaded it on recovery back home. On inspection the stick had selected two gear at once locking the box, nothing wrong with the lever or the box, reassembled and alls well. should have done it at the side of the road. Just make sure that the spring clip is in the right place and fully IN
just bought the same type box second hand. and it had the same problem I removed the lever reset the selectors and put it back in and then after a few gear selections it jammed again. on further inspection it turned out to be the spring on top of the lever was too weak and short allowing the lever to lift too much, another spring from my old box and bingo
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