IDLER GEAR

Classics Monthly - - Service Bay -

Q:

Can I con­vert my 1970 Austin 1300GT to the later, big­ger A Plus idler gear set up? Mine is whin­ing and as part of an en­gine re­build and mild up­grade, I want to elim­i­nate this an­noy­ing weak point.

A:

You can. You will need the Metro/APlus drop gears and the clutch end cas­ing, and you’ll need to take the gear­box cas­ing to a ma­chine shop and get the ex­ist­ing bear­ing hole line bored to suit. A-Plus drop gears are al­most un­known to fail, so a good idea.

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