Well, here it is July already and something that has been eating at me finally caused me to get off my dead ass and start in on it.
That motherfucking Sprite.
Not the car its self, yet, the fucking transmission issue.
It’s been parked for over a year now after the transmission shit the bed one day 50 feet from the driveway from work.
I was coming down a hill in 3rd gear, just getting ready to hit the brakes when all of a sudden the transmission acted like it kicked into neutral. No noises, just no 2nd or 3rd gear anymore.
I am not exaggerating one iota when I say that I have had the engine and transmission out of that little sonofabitch AT LEAST, six times over the years.
So I limped the bastard home by winding it all the way out in first gear and then slamming it into fourth and lugging the shit out of the engine and there it sits ever since.
This is after I dumped $3500 into it at a British specialty shop getting the new engine dialed in and running, new brakes all the way around, new turn signal switch installed, a new top installed and a bunch of other shit. That being after I spent untold hours detailing and painting the engine compartment and throwing at least another $1000 in parts at the little fucker over an entire Winter.
To say I was mad would be the understatement of the last thirty years.
I had another transmission laying around and a good friend had given me almost an entire other car, minus the engine, interior and front suspension. That one had another transmission stuffed in the trunk. I got rid of the car bit by bit but kept the transmission even though I had no idea if it was any good or not.
Today I found out that transmission had hand grenaded and that’s why it was in the trunk.
After tearing it apart it looks to me like someone had been in it and had put some new parts in it but unfortunately forgot one critical piece. At least I never did see it when I took it apart.
This was the result,
That’s what left of 2nd gear on what looks like an almost new and very expensive Cluster gear.
For many years those Cluster gears were Unobtanium. I couldn’t find one after searching and searching.
Someone finally started reproducing them but they were quite rightfully wicked expensive.
Since then they have become more and more available and after checking one of my favorite parts suppliers, I see they are not only available but are just under two hundred dollars now.
Unfortunately, that part someone forgot to put in was a caged needle bearing set that was supposed to go in one end of that Cluster Gear so not only did it take the gear out, someone must have actually driven it without the bearing long enough for it to eat the shaft also.
So that one is pretty much done.
There are still some usable parts and the case had all the mounts and things on it so as it was a Freebie, I am actually ahead on that deal.
Now for round two.
I swear I had this one in the car at one time and reverse was messed up in it. It would go into gear but the second you let the clutch out it would jump out of gear and I couldn’t hold it in with all of my weight and pushing with my feet on the floor board.
I could be mistaken as it has been many, many years ago and as many transmissions as I have had in this miserable fucker it might not be the problem with it. I aim to find out.
My plan is to try and put together one transmission out of the parts between the two.
As with everything else I do, reality and my plans could very well be as far apart as Pluto is from the Sun.
I aim to find out though.
I certainly don’t have the $1600 laying around that they want for a rebuilt unit.