[ROVERNET - UK] gear selector arm

Vern Klukas vern at inkspotco.com
Wed Aug 18 17:00:28 BST 2004

>I am focused on this same issue.  I have a long
>gearshift with a turned metal tip which rattles in the
>"Series 1" control arm.  In a Wadhams advert, I saw
>the remanu insert for a control rod but the scraps of
>info I have gleaned have pointed to a very late
>control rod which has been machined with a bigger hole
>to accept nylon inserts.  We would never get an insert
>into the older rod.
>We need a couple of used control arms designed for the
>The system seems to be a self-destructing design with
>a rubber product rubbing against a vibrating metal
>surface whose life was not intended for us vintage car
>folks who want to keep the car running well past its
>"use by ......" time.

I have to disagree here Eric. The failures I have seen arise because 
the bond between the urethane rubber and the gear lever gives up 
after years of oil exposure. At first, the ball is just barely loose, 
but over time it gets looser and looser with the constant working, 
until the ball material fails and it falls off. I have never seen a 
failed gearlever with part of the ball still firmly attached.

The design was sound, but materials of the time were not up to it. 
The late-model solution resolves the problem, with the plastic bit 
now restrained mechanically not chemically.

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Vern Klukas                             I'm a little . . .
Inkspot Type & Design
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