• Interchangable Transmissions for TR3A

    Tony's Tip #2:

    Did you know that a worn-out TR3A transmission can be replaced with a rebuilt TR6 tranny without any modification? Foreign Car Enterprises ships newly rebuilt TR6 trannies nationwide for around a grand. His name is Craig and can be contacted directly here: fcehome@everestkc.net
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    1. TR3driver's Avatar
      TR3driver -
      I had a TR6 transmission in my TR3A (now in a TR3). Although not difficult, there ARE some modifications required.
    1. Paul S's Avatar
      Paul S -
      What mods are required for the transplant?
    1. TR3driver's Avatar
      TR3driver -
      Quote Originally Posted by Paul S View Post
      What mods are required for the transplant?
      The details vary, depending on what commission number the gearbox came from, and what it is going into. My case was probably the most extreme, since I put a later TR6 gearbox (with TR4 OD) into a pre-TS50000 TR3. It's been awhile, so I may have forgotten one or two things, but here's what I remember, not in any particular order:

      1) A late J-type OD won't fit without some major modifications. You'll have to cut away the frame tabs for the rear crossmember, and fabricate a new crossmember farther back. I haven't tried it myself.

      2) The 4-synchro boxes are about 3/8" longer (with or without OD), so either drill new holes next to the old ones in the rear crossmember, or use a round file to elongate the existing holes. I also had to bend down the flange on the back of the crossmember, so the mount wouldn't hit it.

      3) Late TR6 will need the speedo drive gear changed (original gear makes the TR3 speedo read about 10% low).

      4) You may need longer mounting studs at the top of the engine block. Length is kind of critical with a late TR6 box; if the studs are too long then the tail flange may not clear the body on installation. I didn't find ready-made studs that would fit, so I made my own and wound up having to trim them to get the gearbox in.

      5) If you keep the TR3 clutch, also keep the throw-out bearing & carrier that go with it.

      6) I had to shorten the pushrod for the clutch slave by about 3/8". That left the slave return spring too loose to return reliably, so I made a little mounting tab for it to restore the original length. (Most people might not care about this step, but I want the clutch to engage at the same pedal position, every time.)

      7) This is purely optional, but I did not want to lose the dipstick/filler hole on top. (The TR6 gearbox is normally filled through the side, from under the car.) So I rebuilt the TR6 shift linkage (rails, forks, etc.) into the TR3 top cover with the dipstick.

      8) If you don't do step 7, you may need to drill out some tapped holes in the TR6 top cover to install the TR3 shift lever. (Or just use the TR6 shift lever, but I don't like the longer lever with the bend in it.)

      9) If your TR3 is before TS50000, you'll need to modify the tunnel to clear the starter bulge (or find a later tunnel).

      As a side note, the mainshaft for the A-type OD will not work with the late TR6 gear set. It might be possible to have ORS (in the UK) make you a custom mainshaft to suit; but instead I opted to use an earlier gear set in the late housing.
    1. TRXJ6's Avatar
      TRXJ6 -
      I have a rebuilt A type overdrive for sale with mainshaft for syncro low gear.

      $ 1400 includes shipping.

      Rich in York, PA
    1. TR3driver's Avatar
      TR3driver -
      Is that the early or late 4-synchro mainshaft? They aren't the same ...
    1. TRXJ6's Avatar
      TRXJ6 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TR3driver View Post
      Is that the early or late 4-synchro mainshaft? They aren't the same ...
      Mainshafts are made for either for A type or J type

      Atypes can be two different ones, depending on syncro low gear or not

      My mainshaft is for syncro low gear A type.

      thx

      Rich in York, PA
    1. TR3driver's Avatar
      TR3driver -
      So, in other words, you believe 216868 is fully interchangeable with 208052. Both are for A-type with synchro first ...
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