No overdrive, so what would you do?

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No overdrive, so what would you do?

Post by AntC » Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:48 pm

Thank you one and all - I think you have made your case and I now feel much happier at the prospect of having one less thing to go wrong with the car if and when I get it.


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Post by PeteScim » Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:27 pm

My 5 is the first Ive had without overdrive and I find the change much nicer, don't miss OD as much as I thought I would, its got Auto diff bty



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Post by Joe. » Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:44 pm

I'd buy it and if you don't get on with it I'd then fit a 5 speed type 9 conversion. As others have said the 4 speed manual does have a nice gearchange.

A 4 speed non overdrive car already has a cable clutch pedal box so theres one less thing to deal with.



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Post by AJL Electronics » Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:28 am

I would install a 2.9i with A4LD!


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Post by stevecrosby63 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:38 pm

my dad had a 2.5 consul (sweeny type ) back in the day and he hit 100 and wondered why it wouldnt go faster... until i noticed he was in 3rd !...i do like the o/d function but would plumb for a 4 speed box if i had the choice


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No overdrive, so what would you do?

Post by demonbluedays » Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:23 pm

Me? Personally?

I'd say f- it as every other box is a tick, purchase it and then choose a replacement to suit how the car will be used by yourself.

You never know, you may end up loving it as is and not want to mess with it...


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Post by ginotonico5A » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:35 pm

I have been happy with the four speed Type 5 box w/cable clutch on my 5A for 20+ years, great gear change, but it can be hard work on the left foot in town traffic.
Still average 26-28 mpg on a run when being sensible

So happy that I have aquired a couple of spare boxes!

Two tips .......... keep a spare cable in the car, just in case!
Buy a replacement/spare "plastic ball thingy" again just in case!!

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No overdrive, so what would you do?

Post by AntC » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:27 pm

Thanks for all your replies and it would seem that those of you that have, or had, a non overdrive box rate them highly, which is good enough for me. The clutch cable issue doesn't really worry me too much at the moment as my left leg still works okay, but carrying spares seems to be good advice.

Now that we have down-sized I no longer have a workshop, so I am mindful that any work needing doing will have to be paid for, so simplicity is going to be the way to go.


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No overdrive, so what would you do?

Post by Scimher » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:33 am

I, personally, love overdrives - as well as my ScimitarSE5, I've experienced 'o'drives on MGB's & Rover P4's; & consequently wouldn't thank you for a 5speed conversion.......but have to admit that the ratios on the box are less than ideal, due to the much-documented gap between 2nd & 3rd. i understand the 4speed box, minus overdrive, has better ratios & a better change...(Mine had the bushes done & a new clutch when she jammed in first about 4yrs. ago &, occasionally, when hot/warm it can be difficult finding 3rd....)



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