find the later gearbox covers, limit space foot well space
and are more awkward than the earlier curved ones, they are
considerably cooler on the thighs because of this insulation. They are also cheaper to make.
BTW, on my trad, I had the Factory increase the thickness of the padding which gives it a plusher look and eliminates any residual heat.
these (actually three) cutouts (one of them from the MMC), the owner mechanic has access to the
remote, and the remote attachment bolts and their bushes along with the
hand brake and its light. There is no longer a need to remove the gearbox cover for any work required in this area. Hours are eliminated in repairs of this area.
P.S. The tape is used to prevent drill "walk" when making hoes. It is removed when the holes are finished.
|Remember any alteration, be it access port or Full Tweak will be covered by the gearbox "shroud"|
Morgan Customer: " The hand brake lever has come loose and does not lock when I press on the button"
Me: "Yep! that is the ferrule at the end of the cable which has un-soldered"
Customer: "Oh, good! that is something and nothing. Attend to it whilst you service the car then, please"
Me: "Yep, that means you can't have the car back tonight and it will add another £ 100 to your bill"
Customer: (after a short blank) " But it's a two minutes soldering job, how come?"
Me: "Yep, but to get at it and use a torch, I will have to remove the carpets and the gearbox cover trim, undo 4 impossible long bolts, the nuts of which are covered in rust protection goo on which the spanner does not fit until you clean them, and remove the seat. Then remove 24 x 2BA bolts, with slotted heads and also covered in goo, all the around the gearbox and transmission covers. The ones on the bulkhead require two persons cos' my arms are not long enough. Finally, I will have to jiggle the cover and prize it out without damaging anything in the cockpit".
Customer: " Forget it, I am not paying for that, I'll leave the car in gear"
Me: "That means this you will have no back up in the event of a hydraulic failure and your insurer might have something to say about that and your car will fail its next MOT"
Customer: "That is ridiculous, I am not happy about this!"
Me: " Please do not shoot the messenger, if the manufacturer had not dispensed with the window and metal flap on the side of the cover to save cost. It would be the 5 minutes affair. Would you like me to finish your gearbox cover for you. I hate to have to say that it will be another hour's labour but you will save money when the reversing light or the handbrake switch gives up, when the gearbox oil needs to be replaces and when your gear remote linkage needs attention".