[Mgs] Overdrive question

Max Heim mvheim at sonic.net
Mon Oct 8 17:30:54 MDT 2012

I don't even know what they are talking about regarding "warranty issues" --
if the original clutches are no longer available, and the factory is long
out of business -- WTH? They can warranty their work, can't they?


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Menlo Park, CA,
it's the primer red one with chrome wires

on 10/8/12 10:11 AM, Councill, David at dcouncill at msubillings.edu wrote:

> Several years ago, the OD failed in my 72B. And in a big way - loss of reverse
> as well as free wheeling in deceleration. So I removed it and put in a regular
> 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 couple
> 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

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