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    Rotating shift lever

    My early (56) TR3 has a shift lever that will rotate. Once it rotates, i can no longer shift except into 1st gear. I have to think there is something like a bolt or pin at the base of the shift lever that stops it from turning in its socket. This may be obvious if I remove the cap holding the lever, but we all know about the number of things that need to removed from the interior to get to the bottom of the shift lever. Any insight is appreciated.

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    Re: Rotating shift lever

    Right, should be a long bolt that goes through the shift lever and both sides of the cap and extension, which holds it straight. Bolt should be obvious if you just remove the rubber boot.


    Is there any chance you have a later gearbox fitted (or the top cover from one) with a TR3 lever installed? Later cars (starting with TR5/250 IIRC) used a different arrangement, with pegs and slots rather than the bolt all the way through. An early lever in a later top cover might cause your symptom.
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    Re: Rotating shift lever

    Sounds like somehow you lost the cap retaining fasteners.
    See items 13 &14 from the Moss diagram below, which also probably means that items 10 & 11 are also probably gone.
    https://mossmotors.com/triumph-tr2-3...ternal-gearbox

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    Re: Rotating shift lever

    I didn't even think about just removing the rubber boot. Great idea. And yes, it appears i don't have that bolt installed. I will check it out. Thanks much!

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    Re: Rotating shift lever

    Regarding parts 10 and 11, my impression is that those are parts that were added (via engineering change) just after the production of my car. They were obviously added to stop the lever from rattling in its socket. And yes, mine rattles. I bought the parts to eventually install at some later date. Perhaps that later date has arrived. I assume I will need to drill and tap a hole for the spring and screw.

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    Re: Rotating shift lever

    I also wonder if that big spring is where it should be.

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    Re: Rotating shift lever

    It has been discussed on here that adding a short length of rubber hose under the cap will tighten thing up and stop the rattle.

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    Re: Rotating shift lever

    I would say if the shifter goes all the way around then the shifter is busted. The narrow section on the bottom keys into the leakage with flat side, and I do think it will go around and around if it is in one piece still. I could wrong. Being broke would also not let the car shift into other gears, my guess.

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    Re: Rotating shift lever

    Possible, if you have an early car. They were introduced at TS9593 according to the SPC. The whole shift lever changed at the same time.

    Kind of tricky to add that hole, IMO, get the depth and angle just right. Strikes me as easier to just find a later shift lever.

    It's not tapped, though.

    I would probably try the rubber hose first (which was factory recommended), along with lots of heavy grease.

    Quote Originally Posted by cdharter3 View Post
    Regarding parts 10 and 11, my impression is that those are parts that were added (via engineering change) just after the production of my car. They were obviously added to stop the lever from rattling in its socket. And yes, mine rattles. I bought the parts to eventually install at some later date. Perhaps that later date has arrived. I assume I will need to drill and tap a hole for the spring and screw.

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    Re: Rotating shift lever

    Quote Originally Posted by STeve 1958 View Post
    It has been discussed on here that adding a short length of rubber hose under the cap will tighten thing up and stop the rattle.
    I am very intrigued by this "rubber hose" idea, but not clear on how that would be applied. Any details would be appreciated.

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    Re: Rotating shift lever

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    Re: Rotating shift lever

    Drilling the hole would probable be difficult as the end of the gear lever is more than likely hard.

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    Re: Rotating shift lever

    Brilliant! Thank you. I had no idea this fix existed. To a high degree, I figured the rattle was just something i had to tolerate.


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