Since the engine to a 250GTE is on its way back to us from the machine shop, I figured it was time to tackle the gearbox for this car. This GTE came partially disassembled with many parts stuffed into a box or crate. I saw the transmission sitting in the passenger foot well of the car knowing it was not going to be an easy task to put this back together. The first problem was the overdrive section was removed and found in a box in the trunk!
From the evidence of rust collecting on the steel pieces, the transmission was exposed to the outside air for a long time.
The shaft leading to the overdrive unit was badly rusted too, and it was such a shame to see parts badly stored.
On top of rusty parts, I found the clutch fork lever assembly missing. Having never lost one, I will have to find out if this part is available, or if someone has a spare. I’ll add it to the list of making this transmission right again.
Luckily, the main body of the transmission was not opened and left to the elements, so the main transmission gears were not rusty. From looking at the parts, I can see someone had this transmission apart at one time and changed some synchronizer rings, but left most of the other parts alone.
I started the process of disassembling the gearbox and cleaning off the rusty transmission parts, but will have to deal with the overdrive next.
With the transmission apart, I’ll send the shift lever out for plating which was just as rusty as the internal parts!
Save the Date!
10th Annual Tomyang.net/Radcliffe Motorcars Spring Car Show!
With our tenth year, I hope I don’t have to tell you how much fun this cars show has become.
Where: Radcliffe Motorcars Company
12340 Owings Mills Boulevard, Ste. 100 Reisterstown, MD 21136
When: May 6th, 2017
Contact Richard Garre about registering for the event. Space is limited to about 90 cars, so register early!