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  1. THIS SAYS IT ALL:- The trophy that no one would want to win.
  2. In addition to Wilson the other main suppliers of Preselect Gearboxes was ENV. Again there is no mystery about the three letter name. If fact it is French, the company being early in the business of cutting gears. They were pioneer's in cutting "Double Helical gears", the name referring to this, the English translation, being "in V" So no mystery there! Andre Citroen was also an early participant in the Gear Cutting industry. His double chevron trade mark is another reference to double helical gears. Life around early motor cars is actually very simple. It is only people with misguided imaginations and visions of self importance who like to give a different impression. Bj.
  3. Thank you Digger 914 I am not sure where you are comming from but as with all things, it is important that you enjoy the trip. Unfortunately Preselect transmissions are one of the most basic and one of the most misunderstood. In 1914 (WW1) Major Wilson designed a new type of transmision that even the most raw recruits, men that had never before driven anything more complicated than a horse and cart , could sit in the drivers seat of a tank and drive it. This was the start of what was to become the Preselect Gearbox.
  4. Thank you Dr Data I currently have the gearbox out sorting out some of the recent mysterious "repairs" and hopefully returning it to full operational health. For instance I have never considered dollops of silastic as serious attempts to overcome stripped threads. But then I have never published a pretty picture book either. Bj
  5. No prizes for guessing what is going on here. For those not familiar with preselect gearboxes,Top-gear is controlled by the adjustment furthest from the camera. That there is no thread visible in the "thimble nut" indicates that the friction lining for that gear is completely worn out. Hardly what you would expect for a lining that was replaced less than 500 miles ago, at a cost of Euro 215. Oh well! I will know more when I have removed the gearbox from the car and dismantled "top gear". Don't go away, the gearbox is ready to come out and it will take less than an hour to remove the front cover and extract "Top gear" (Actually a cone clutch.) This first photograph is of a "spare" top gear cone that I have on the shelf. This is the one that will probably now go into the gear box.
  6. Hello Carl You are quite right about many of the issues that you mention. Being a 1936 model I am very aware of this which makes it more important that I keep our Rapier going and perhaps why I was so disappointed that what was to be our last trip to the UK and Europe was cut short. Having said that I know that we are far more fortunate than many. BUT, there were just two people who really made it all possible. One the Driver/mechanic the other the Navigator who planned all our trips and so successfully kept us on the "right" roads..
  7. Now I am sure that you will all agree that this my fault, by wanting to own something a little different, it is no one's fault but my own. If you are even a little unsure about this ask anyone that you may meet in the street. Bj.
  8. Hello Digger Thank you for your support. The Lagonda is now finally home after it's disastrous "holliday" in the UK and France. I have now had a chance to look at the "adjustment" of the gearbox in the calm of my "garage". It now seems to be driving in top gear so I have hopefully avoided the tast of removing the "box" and dismantling it. The one unexpected extra task has been to remove and dismantle the hand brake lever. This along with most MG's and many other quality British Sports Cars, is a "Fly Off, in contrast to most common or garden "other cars. This means that when driving in "Sports mode" the hand brake can be applied by simply lifting the lever to momentarily slow the car. When parking etc the hand brake is used to hold the car it is "set" by lifting the lever and then pressing in the "ratchet button" . To release the hand brake all that is then required is very slightly lift the lever. In the past I have always left a "notice" attached to the steering wheel explaining the differences with both the gear change and the hand brake. Each time I have ben advised that this was not necessary. Now for the first time I had negelected to do this, the ratchet on the hand brake has been "forced" by someone with more muscles that brains. OK! I know my way around the car and it took only 2 or 3 hours to remove the hand brake mechanism, strip it down, repair (weld) the tip on the ratchet and put it back together again.
  9. Hello Digger Thank you for your support. The Lagonda is now finally home after it's disastrous "holliday" in the UK and France. I have now had a chance to look at the "adjustment" of the gearbox in the calm of my "garage". It now seems to be driving in top gear so I have hopefully avoided the tast of removing the "box" and dismantling it. The one unexpected extra task has been to remove and dismantle the hand brake lever. This along with most MG's and many other quality British Sports Cars, is a "Fly Off, in contrast to most common or garden "other cars. This means that when driving in "Sports mode" the hand brake can be applied by simply lifting the lever to momentarily slow the car. When parking etc the hand brake is used to hold the car it is "set" by lifting the lever and then pressing in the "ratchet button" . To release the hand brake all that is then required is very slightly lift the lever. In the past I have always left a "notice" attached
  10. The big question is does anyone care?
  11. You may have to be patient but the transformation has already begun.
  12. Hello Jeff I must confess, this the first time I have looked in on your project, I am simply not a capable wood-worker so it is extra interesting to see the amount of timber used. The TD was the first MG with IFS and I assume a much stiffer chassis than the earlier T types. I am going to have to go back to the start of your restoration. Bernie j.
  13. This morning I went and had a very good look at the Datsun Ute. I was all alone out in the paddock so there was no interruptions to my thoughts. If I happened to be a Datsun fan, which I am not, it may have been different BUT after giving it a lot of thought, some may say TOO MUCH. Either way I have decided not to pursue this one. Attached are todays photographs. Bernie j.
  14. Thank you Mike Sorry but I am still procrastinating, I still have to go and have a "proper" look at the Datusn. You will be among the first to know when I do. Bj.