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Changing the gearbox on a front wheel drive Triumph1300


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1976 and I have just passed my driving test my dad said he would buy a car for me. He bought a Triumph 1300 off a neighbour. We soon found out that the gearbox was knackered. Horrific quote to get it repaired. My dad found out that the local transplants place had got a gearbox so he said that he would do it himself, brilliant idea but my dad was 80 years old so I ended up doing most of the work myself .. ruined me nails and nearly broke one of my toes during the process .. Took nearly a month to do the job .. car did nearly six years .. we never did work out where some of the extra bolts that were left over came from and I was always a bit worried about a thing that looked like a main bearing cap but no way was I going to split that engine and gearbox again to find out. Eventually it turned out to be a bracket that stopped the starter motor from rattling .. but it took four years to find out. The other that was horrid to sort out was tightening the rotoflex coupling "spiders". After the Triumph 1300 died in 1982 I bought a Triumph Dolomite Sprint .. I won't say anything more about that. Haynes Manuals are great aren't they?

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Haynes manuals: lots of pics of brand new lumps of car coming apart easily in a nice clean workshop. Your reality: It's 20 years old and you are lying under it in the rain and all the bolts have

1976 and I have just passed my driving test my dad said he would buy a car for me. He bought a Triumph 1300 off a neighbour. We soon found out that the gearbox was knackered. Horrific quote to get it

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I've got the missus' Panda to service this weekend (not something Panda's experience that often I'll wager) apart from that I've done too much car work. Welding, clutch changes, resprays, more welding... I once had a car that was like Trigger's Broom I'd done so much body repair work.

My son converted my car to full LED last month - that was an experience in shredded knuckled and contortion for him :-)

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People had a perception that I was the sort who would have a Morris 1000 and drive at 25mph and never swore .. my religious sister learned differently when a old man driving one of those Ford Granadas that looked like an overgrown mk 4 Cortina cut in front of me.

 

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3 minutes ago, Dave Bloke said:

I've got the missus' Panda to service this weekend (not something Panda's experience that often I'll wager) apart from that I've done too much car work. Welding, clutch changes, resprays, more welding... I once had a car that was like Trigger's Broom I'd done so much body repair work.

My son converted my car to full LED last month - that was an experience in shredded knuckled and contortion for him :-)

Don't.  Just don't.  I speak from experience.  My dad said at the time "Don't".  I said "bollox, its only a set of brake pads"

Dad was right.

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5 minutes ago, Whowhywhen? said:

Don't.  Just don't.  I speak from experience.  My dad said at the time "Don't".  I said "bollox, its only a set of brake pads"

Dad was right.

First time I changed brake pads I pushed the caliper piston back in with my bare hands. That was before I knew it was impossible.

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51 minutes ago, Whowhywhen? said:

Are they still going (haynes) for real cars, not concorde, ISS and the like?

There is one for the English Electric Class 50 .. changing a tyre when you have a flat is a ****.

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I did my driving test in Ireland in a Triumph 1300. 13th September 1967. Fucking terrible cars. Same price as a Cooper S, less power and more weight.

Very interesting the way Triumph adapted that engine to fwd, hanging the starter on the front of the engine.

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2 minutes ago, Rare Bear said:

I did my driving test in Ireland in a Triumph 1300. 13th September 1967. Fucking terrible cars. Same price as a Cooper S, less power and more weight.

Very interesting the way Triumph adapted that engine to fwd, hanging the starter on the front of the engine.

I did my test in a 1500

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i now own a Cooper S.  :)  it is a slightly better car.  

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42 minutes ago, eight said:

First time I changed brake pads I pushed the caliper piston back in with my bare hands. That was before I knew it was impossible.

I've always done it that way too. Never knew you couldn't. Sometimes I use a screwdriver as a lever if I'm changing the disks as well. 

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1 hour ago, Bandit Banzai said:

Haynes manuals: lots of pics of brand new lumps of car coming apart easily in a nice clean workshop.

Your reality: It's 20 years old and you are lying under it in the rain and all the bolts have rusted to shit and that simple job requires you to drill the heads off every effin bolt in sight.

Been there. 

Or the Haynes misses a critical step, just assuming you know what to do. 

Youtube is pretty good these days. I use it when I want to know how to tinker with something. 

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2 minutes ago, Roger_Mellie said:

Been there. 

Or the Haynes misses a critical step, just assuming you know what to do. 

Youtube is pretty good these days. I use it when I want to know how to tinker with something. 

Second the YouTube recommendation, pretty much my first check for any car issues.

I need to fix the reverse lights on a 2006 fiesta and there are plenty of videos on where to start.

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Remember completely rebuilding an engine, getting it machined up, new pistons, bearings everything.

Judiciously torquing everything up as specified and sticking it all back in the car only to find fuck-all oil pressure, 5psi.

Had to take the bastard out as the oil pump was on the end of the camshaft between the block and the flywheel housing.

Checked the bolts, checked the manual, checked the torque, fine plus the pump was new.

Turned the engine over and noticed the pump was oscillating on its mounts ever so slightly.

Thought, fuck this, tightened the bolts by hand till I felt 'the stretch' and the pump stopped wobbling.

Put the bastard back in and it was still running fine 10 years later when I sold the car.

Bloody numbers were wrong in the Haynes manual.

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1 hour ago, Rare Bear said:

I did my driving test in Ireland in a Triumph 1300. 13th September 1967. Fucking terrible cars.

For some reason other cars used to crash into it .. Granada ran into the back it it in a car park .. Granada wrote off, scratch on, rear bumper of my car, Escort ran into the side of me, .. Escort knackered .. bent rear door handle of Triumph .. Old biddy with Fiat backed into rear end of Triumph .. Fiat wrote off bent rear bumper on Triumph. As to the Sprint .. lad with Capri ran into the back of that .. front of Capri crunched up, no sign of damage to Sprint.

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