In the Garage
Attempted to remove my cars water pump, the bolts were fine, but it seems stuck on the top locating dowel.
Received the new bushes, (below),and reassembled the gear selector mechanism making sure everything was lubricated. I even lubricated the gear selector cables by using a garden sprayer filled with a small amount of oil and the spray tube sealed around the outer sheath of the gear selector cables. By pressurising the sprayer, oil is pushed along the length of the cable. When it starts coming out the other end you know the cable is lubricated along its length.Over the last few weeks I have been undertaking some preventative work on the drivetrain. Started by replacing the inner CV joints that didn’t get replaced when I replaced the outer joints a while ago. Whilst the drive shafts were out I refurbished them, removed rust, coat of etch primer and a coat of Matt black. Before the shafts went back in I replaced the diff seals and replaced the gearbox oil with fresh.
I also realised that one of the ball joints on the gear selector bracket had a small amount of play where it had become loose. Removed the gear selector crank arm from the gear selector shaft by driving out the split pin. Disconnected the selector cables and off it came. The ball joints are peened to the bracket so the only option is to either replace the whole crank arm or replace just the ball ends. I opted to replace just the ball ends with new 13mm ball ends with M8 thread. The old ball ends need to be removed. Once removed the crank arm was cleaned, etch primed and painted. Bought new gear selector cable ends to go with the new ball joints.
I also bought new gear selector cable ends for the gear stick end. These are a bit trickier to get to but can be done by removing the gearknob and gearstick gaiter surround. You then have to undo and remove the three bolts that hold the gearstick mechanism in place to get to the cable joints. I’ve never been too happy with the gear change, always felt a bit sloppy. I now realise why, one of the two brass bushes had broken and was not locating properly so could have been moving during gear changes. Picture showing the broken part on the left View attachment 136173
These parts are no longer available so I’m hoping to get some made. I have put together a drawing and sent it to a couple of places for a quote. Let you know how this works out.
You could probably print thoseReceived the new bushes, (below),and reassembled the gear selector mechanism making sure everything was lubricated. I even lubricated the gear selector cables by using a garden sprayer filled with a small amount of oil and the spray tube sealed around the outer sheath of the gear selector cables. By pressurising the sprayer, oil is pushed along the length of the cable. When it starts coming out the other end you know the cable is lubricated along its length.
I decided to use the original, unbroken bush in place of the ball joint and plastic bush at the back of the selector mechanism. The plastic bush and ball is a bit sloppy and replacing this with a proper metal bush eliminated that small amount of slop. The good news is that there is no modification required, the bush fits perfectly. This gives a much more solid feel to the mechanism with virtually no slack. It took a while to make sure that each gear was engaging properly without the weight at the bottom of the selector shaft hitting any part of the bodywork. This was a case of adjusting each of the cable ends in turn and checking that the position of the gearstick.
Not driven the car yet but the gear selector feels so much more positive and direct.
I was able to get the bushes made by someone I contacted on Ebay. Anyone interested, I can provide a link. I have also included the drawing of the bush if that helps anyone.
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Their are some suitable filament you could use... was just a thought. Do you have an Bush on a STL, or other similar Cad file?If you had a 3D printer you could most likely print them in a suitable plastic. The originals are a brass material and therefore I had these manufactured in CZ121 brass.