[Mgs] Determine build date for an O/D transmission?

Hans Duinhoven h.duinhoven at planet.nl
Wed Nov 13 10:38:21 MST 2019

So true. This week my wife hardly could get the doors unlocked of our business Mazda 6 sw. reason was that the battery of the key became empty. Stupid thing does that without a warning. One should carry the spare key with them, in order to prevent such thing making someone stranded in the middle of nowhere…




71 BGT where everything is manual, unless operated by foot


Van: Mgs [mailto:mgs-bounces at autox.team.net] Namens Barrie Robinson via Mgs
Verzonden: woensdag 13 november 2019 16:46
Aan: mgs at autox.team.net
Onderwerp: Re: [Mgs] Determine build date for an O/D transmission?


Hello folks,

OMG.   Isn't it amazing how current technology demands complications. Used to be you put in a key turned it and "broom broom".  Now is having something in your pocket, and  switching on and then pushing 'Start',    But then everything these days is "marketing groomed".   My new radio has oodles of "features" (most of which I do not understand) but a lousy weak station reception - my $40 portable radio is MUCH better IN the car that the $$$$$$ "car" radio !!!!!!

Barrie - he of MGB GT V8 fame:-)

On 11/12/2019 12:19 PM, Max Heim via Mgs wrote:

As an interface designer, I am puzzled by the “push for on” solution. It seems somehow inappropriate as well as unnecessarily complex. 


Overdrive seems to me to be a function where a clear on/off toggle is the natural mode of engagement. Sometimes I want it on, sometimes off, and I want to know which mode it is in.


But then, I think the “start button” on modern cars is idiotic. So YMMV.



Max Heim

'66 MGB


On Nov 12, 2019, at 5:43 AM, Charley Robinson <Charley38 at twc.com> wrote:


I have a neat little module that does as you describe except it has no warning light.  It is plugged into the wiring between the manual OD switch and the transmission switches. In the case of my CBB it's sitting on the shelf on the passenger side of the heater box.  It's all solid state, has never given me any trouble.   I bought the thing on line a few years ago but I don't remember the name of the seller.  I absolutely love the thing!


On 11/12/2019 2:26 AM, PaulHunt73 via Mgs wrote:


I got fed up with OD auto-engaging as I changed from 2nd to 3rd so built a circuit that once out of an OD gear, it locked it out semi-permanently until I turned the manual switch off and back on again.  That has a warning light to say it has been locked out, rather than one to say it is engaged.  More info here http://www.mgb-stuff.org.uk/gearstext.htm#sequencer





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