First off, sorry, I know this isn't the transmission forum, but that forum seems to get very little traffic. Sorry for the length, but there is a fun picture for those of you who prefer the pictures to the articles.
Just a little history, my spider hates me. Every time I fix something, something else breaks. I put legal plates on the car, the radiator starts leaking. I fix a fuel leak at the tank. I jump in the car to drive it, and the slave has leaked all the fluid out. The reservoir was full the day before, as it has been for weeks prior. It was fine two hour prior when I drove it to get the stuff to fix the gas leak. Rebuild the slave and the master. Yeah, figured I would nip that in the bud! A little effort into bleeding the system and all is good. I missed ordering the hose, and it is leaking a bit, but not too bad. I ordered a new one, just plain forgot when I ordered the rebuild kits.
Drives great! Shifts fine! Or should I say, "Shifts grate!" Sorry bad pun. Wish I could say it won't happen again, but...
Get on a narrow street, and just miss a parking spot. No biggie, the spider is small, I can do a quick three point turn and get the parking spot. Very busy area, so finding a spot within a quarter mile of your destination is great.
Pull up to a driveway, reverse into the street and go to shift into 1st, and the shifter won't budge out of reverse. At all. And I am blocking the whole street. Suddenly some 10,433 cars need to go down the street I am blocking. Always a wonderful feeling. Got the car pushed out of the way enough for cars to get by and work it into an illegal parking spot since the one I wanted is no longer there. Car rolls just fine with the clutch in, but no way was it coming out of reverse.
I get the spider flatbedded home. I make the tow truck driver take the bumpiest road he can find. I really don't want my spider to get comfortable touring the countryside on the back of a tow truck.
Get the car into the air, and pull a huge ball of grease from the car where a transmission is usually located. After a large dose of solvent and beer, I actually find a transmission! Umm, the beer is for me, not the tranny. But I guess I shouldn't be talking about my neighbor like that.
I take the 5th gear housing off and I find my 2nd gear syncro! Heck, I didn't even know I had lost it! It almost always ground going into 2nd, but they all do that, right? Once I took the syncro out, the transmission shifts just fine. But, since I have it out, and I know the 2nd gear syncro needs to be replaced... I bet it is really easy to replace the motor mounts with the transmission out also, huh? But if the mounts are disconnected, it really is only just another moment to pop the engine out and reseal the oil pans. And if I have the oil pans off, the crank and rod bearings are right there. Heck, if the rods are disconnected, might as well do the rings. I bet with the engine out, it is really easy to take care of all the front end suspension too!
My spider hates me.
Should a regular transmission shop be able to press the main shaft apart without charging me an insane amount?
Does anyone have link to a good exploded view? I have the manual, but I want real pictures!
Can I salvage the old syncro?