Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Hi Alex et al
Our Jewels were built in a Metric country, so the two shift ball bearings are metric and not imperial, they should be 10mm, any difference will come from a substitute ball bearing courtesy of a previous owner. A thou or two too big & the ball will stick in the angle of the 'neck', a thou or two too small & you will battle to get enough travel to select reverse.
I've been there, done that with my '60 Spider (10990) & it will need to come apart again because the darn thing still has a 'buzz' rattle at 70mph although Lucie has become quite adept at sticking a bit of paper between the two parts while we are on the move....
Randy's solution is a good one, if you are careful, you can re-assemble the lever so that it does not rattle, perhaps a bit of heat shrink onto the shift slide & then end up with the lever looking cosmetically correct, but with the later lockout plate in the turret for safety. I'm going to have one last go at my car & then if I still have that annoying buzz, it's the above solution for me.