- Jan 1, 1970
Joerg said:That's how it works in Germany, a point system. They call it "traffic
sinners database" or the "Flensburg file" because that's the town where
it is located.
Ain't it fun to repair a transmission?
The thing I disliked was removing it from the car and reinstalling it, and I
even had help with it.
I found the actual transmission repair to be not too bad. Apparently the
transmission shift mechanism in those transmissions (a Borg Warner T-5 WC)
is a real hard thing to put back together correctly once taken apart, and
rarely ever goes back together if taken apart (without taking it to a
transmission specialist I would hope). I had to change a bushing in it
(damaged it from overshifting trying to get 2nd gear) and I thought it was a
weird design, but nothing that bad. All the shafts that needed to be taken
apart were not that bad to put back together either. The helical cut gears
did not have a means to adjust mesh, so mesh adjustment was unnecessary.
Good thing, I didn't have any gear dye to check anyway.
The only problem the transmission had afterwards was a slightly hard shift
into second gear, as I rounded the engagement dogs a bit from trying to
shift quickly without a synchronizer. I knew this, but that part was a
permanent part of the main shaft. The donor (A T-5 from a truck - same
internals with closer gear ratios) transmission I salvaged the parts from
has a different gear ratio on that gear, so I couldn't swap. The car's
transmission had really long gearing, which worked very well with the multi
port fuel injection system on the engine, which gave the engine a very nice
wide torque curve. First gear was a really low 4.2:1 ratio! Combining that
with the 3.11:1 or 3:73:1 rear end with 60 series tires that were around
9 -10" wide gave the car acceleration in 1st gear that few cars could match.
The engine internals were nice and light compared to the V-8 cars, which
allowed the engine to be very responsive and quick revving which is needed
for such gear ratios to be of benefit. I would not be surprised if I lifted
the drivers side front tire off the ground in first gear on several
I did the rebuild at a friends house, as they have a large garage. No one
there ever heard of anyone ever taking a manual transmission apart,
replacing parts, and putting it back together and having it work without any
issues and actually lasting.
Then again, I was ripping dirt bike engines and transmissions apart and
rebiulding them when I was a early teenager.
Now I just work on equipment like this:
Done it myself with a friend
after his car's reverse gear lost a tooth, back in college.
This was the same time frame for me.
We had to
hand-carry the whole gearbox across the German-Dutch border (!).
Not sure about the relivence of the German-Dutch border (I haven't been out
of North America!), but the typical manual transmission being around 100 -
150 Lbs wouldn't be fun to carry for a long distance even between two
at it we managed to deplete a crate of Grolsch beer pretty good.
There was beer involved when I did mine, I can't remember what type, but it
was Canadian, maybe Labatt's or Olands
Afterwards a couple parts were still on the table. Hmm... But: It worked
flawlessly and now down-shifting from 3 to 2 worked with ease. It never
did with that Opel/Vauxhall before. So we had improved and cost reduced
it but didn't remember how ;-)
Likely something to do with the syncro - was the leftover parts spacers or
I never have unknown parts left over, as I visualize how everything works,
and every part was put there for a reason. I always figure out why that part
is there. Some have some surprising hidden uses. I've been known to take
boxes of parts from a motorcycle transmission and engine, without a manual
or any other aid, or even seeing the unit assembled before and put it back
together without issues. Figuring out the transmission in one of those is
not exactly fun if someone previously took the gears off of the shafts.To
add to the pain, they go together in several possibilities and often have
extra features milled into them, so the same part can be used on different
models thus confusing the matter.