Fixing those leaks

Another day … another gearbox drop.  Still, at least I managed it in an hour from start to finish this time, which is a new PB, as our Olympic athlete-types like to refer to these things.  Well, it looks like it’s a case of mea culpa on two out of three leaks.   The leaks on both sides at…

It’s time for a road test

OK, time to get this car out of the garage and back onto the road.  Thankfully it’s been like the rainy season up here for the last few weeks, so I don’t feel like I’ve missed out too much.  First thing to deal with was the rear oil seal on the gearbox … I found out…

In goes the new box

For the second weekend in a row, I’ve been “sent out to the shed” to “muck about with the car”  Can’t complain  Started off by cleaning up the starter motor … When you want to start the car, the solenoid (bottom left) pushes down on the spring & plunger (just above it), which pushes the cog…

Making up a gearbox mount

Which numpty suggested I should change this gearbox?    Oh, it was erm … me.  I’ve lost count of how long I’ve spent doing the changeover, but about 80% of the time has been taken up with sorting out a revised crossmember. I started out with making a couple of arms from one inch angle iron…

Ever tried to buy a clutch release bearing on its own ?

Picked up a new clutch kit today, mainly because the fun and games getting the box back on for the trial-fit convinced me that I don’t want to be doing this all over again if the clutch goes for a burton in three months time.  The other reason is that none of the local factors were…

How does the new box fit

So that this doesn’t drag on for too long, I picked up a 5-speed propshaft from my local supplier (capri_bits2 on eBay) for a very modest sum. It’s not had the fine misting of oil over it for all its working life, like the old one, so it’s a bit grottier on the surface, but…

Actually out with the old …

Turns out I was approaching the problem from the wrong end. After consulting my array of vintage Capri manuals whilst partaking of a small sherry, it turns out that the spring clips in question were on the other end of the linkage rods.   A few minutes later, after a bit of back and forth under…

Out with the old

Before I can put the new box in, I’ve got to get the old one out – and as I’m pretty sure that the hole for the gear lever is going to have to move, the first job was to remove the centre console. It was going fine, then I discovered a small box hidden…