[Mgs] Overdrive question

mgbob at juno.com mgbob at juno.com
Mon Oct 8 17:20:23 MDT 2012

    They may have reservations about Quantum's clutch material, but you don't
need to. There must be two dozen ODs with Quantum clutches running happily
around CT, and to NAMGBR gatherings, trouble free.
    If you telephone him, I am sure he can tell you about the clutch material
and how it is performing in service. John Esposito is a straight-up guy.

---------- Original Message ----------
From: "Councill, David" <dcouncill at msubillings.edu>
To: MG list <mgs at autox.team.net>, "'MG-MGB at yahoogroups.com'"
<MG-MGB at yahoogroups.com>
Subject: [Mgs] Overdrive question
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2012 17:11:32 +0000

Several years ago, the OD failed in my 72B. And in a big way - loss of
as well as free wheeling in deceleration. So I removed it and put in a
transmission temporarily. The problem was that I had previously had the OD
transmission repaired locally a few years earlier (bad synchro 3rd gear, bad
OD solenoid) and likely had less than 5k miles on it when it died. So I
figured I needed to take it to a shop with experience in MG transmissions of
which there is likely none within 500 miles of where I live. Since my son
lives in Portland, Oregon (NW USA), I dropped it off at British Auto Works.

There it sat as a few years passed. I called them periodically to prod them
along and they indicated the problem was with the cone clutch which needed to
be relined or replaced. After my last call a few weeks ago, they indicated
they were at a dead end because they couldn't source the part. So I started
with a google search and quickly found that this part (aka Moss part 466-015
"clutch sliding member" N/A) could at least be purchased from Quantum
Mechanics. No big surprise there - the list has frequently mentioned Quantum
and John Esposito as the place for OD repairs. I called back British Auto
Works only to find out that they already knew this but have some reservations
on the quality of the replacement part and said they couldn't warranty the
transmission repair if they used this part. But they said they would contact
them. That was a few weeks ago but it was right before I took off for a
of weeks -a work conference followed by a backpacking trip into the
Yellowstone National Park backcountry. Now that I am back, I thought I would
inquire upon the list - are there other sources for this part? Or should I
just have British Auto Works get the part despite their reservations?

David Councill
64 B
67 BGT
72 B

Mgs at autox.team.net
Donate: http://www.team.net/donate.html
Suggested annual donation  $12.75
Archive: http://www.team.net/archive
Forums: http://www.team.net/forums
Unsubscribe: http://autox.team.net/mailman/options/mgs/mgbob@juno.com

More information about the Mgs mailing list