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Hydraulic clutch activation. No adjustment as far as I recall.

The gearbox is standard MOWOG fare but, as I say, with this remote extension on the back. The remote replicates the effect of the gearstick going into the top of the box, so plenty there to go wrong or get out of alignment.
well that's what I thought initally, so apart from minor differences it's no different to the A55- but even with slop on the bar a bit of stirring and you can still select- and- it's no difference in principal on the Rovers- except they did belt and braces and allowed the finer adjustment on the thrust bearing actuator and the slave.
 
....On the mg just check that the gear lever is pressed all the way down. If they pop up (weak retaining spring) they come out of the socket at the bottom.

That used to happen on an Escort I had years ago. Should be easy to lift the rubber (or leather?) gaiter and check the big ball is sitting where it should be.
 
Had similar symptoms on a Vauxhall Viva HB. The problem turned out to be that the bottom of the gear lever had snapped off. Not too bad to deal with - tilted the engine allowing the gearbox to be removed then replace everything worn with better parts from a box acquired from a scrappy.

Top tip - remember to refit the reverse detent before you put everything back and forward park in an icy car park.
 
Escort I had years ago....lift the rubber (or leather?) gaiter and check the big ball is sitting where it should be.

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Was out and about in a truck early doors Friday in the Dorset countryside, crystal clear blue sky, white frosted grass, bright sunshine and a see-your-breath nip in the air.

Coming the other way down the lane was a chap in an oldish MG BGT with the top down.

Had to pull right over and stop to let him through - it was the width of his grin that made it a tight fit, not the car.

A nice moment.
 

RBMK

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Been out in the MX5 today [lid down with SWMBO] for a blast from Chester to Ellesmere (friend has recently bought a narrow boat there).

Then had to teach said [female] friend how to fire up a single Lister and the use of a decompression lever. It's a good job I'm used to the joys of donkey engines from working out on site in my youth.

Lots of MX5s out plus a few MGBs, TR4a and a Boxster plus the odd boring Merc convertible.
 
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PS: What @Truxx said regarding the box.

The boxes are relatively bomb proof but wear in the linkages including cotter pins is usually the culprit.

Can't remember but you may have to drop the box to get at it. On a Spitfire the box came out through the transmission tunnel into the cockpit.

My bet would be that you've got a broken cotter pin or else the linkage.

This site may be of some help:

And maybe this?
 

Truxx

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PS: What @Truxx said regarding the box.

The boxes are relatively bomb proof but wear in the linkages including cotter pins is usually the culprit.

Can't remember but you may have to drop the box to get at it. On a Spitfire the box came out through the transmission tunnel into the cockpit.

My bet would be that you've got a broken cotter pin or else the linkage.

This site may be of some help:

And maybe this?
Sadly the only way to get an A box out is with the engine out first, which is itself is sporty due to the tiny bonnet. It is possible to take the tunnel off, but that's a bastard because the bottom flanges are sandwiched between the (plywood) floors and the rails attached to the chassis legs.

The countersunk screws will also be corroded solid.

Even then with the box out there is not much that can be done easily without tearing it down and rebuilding from scratch.

My money is still on the remote mechanism though.
 

Joshua Slocum

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Massively appreciated cheers.

I’ve found some diagrams of the gearbox and linkage and I’ll have a fiddle with it next week.

If I can’t get it going then I’ll definitely trailer it over to yours.

In other news I don’t suppose you check FB marketplace? I browse the classic cars most days just to see if anything interesting comes up. Someone in Penrith is selling quite a nice looking Austin Sheerline for not a lot.

Thought it might be up your street.
make sure you dont fill it with hypoid
most of those old boxes take straight engine oil
 
PS: What @Truxx said regarding the box.

The boxes are relatively bomb proof but wear in the linkages including cotter pins is usually the culprit.

Can't remember but you may have to drop the box to get at it. On a Spitfire the box came out through the transmission tunnel into the cockpit.

My bet would be that you've got a broken cotter pin or else the linkage.

This site may be of some help:

And maybe this?
Nearly 40 years ago, I changed the clutch on my Mk2 Spitfire on the roundabout where you go on to the North Circular at the end of the M1. Got to the end of motorway, went to change down for the first time in a couple of hours and the clutch shattered.

The Spitfire had a remote selector too. Very prone to wear; to quote my neighbour at the time, it felt like a “cock in a shirt sleeve”, one of those quotes that stayed with me for a long time. Solution; undo four bolts and change the remote for one salvaged from a scrappy.

Happy days. I’ve still got the clutch alignment tool I bought at a spares shop in Greenford. The Spitfire long rusted away.
 

Bubbles_Barker

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