Test drive, and all the fun that comes along with driving a car for the first time

We drove the car for the first time this weekend. It was a tad bit chilly out, but the car seemed to run ok. Shifting, was another story…

It seems the dog-rings (the thingies that engage a gear so you can move) in the transaxle were pretty worn in the Lola’s gearbox. The shifting was chatty, not smooth, and kinda scary overall.

It is good that dog rings are cheap. Considering they are a 3″ piece of steel with about 9 little bumps on them, $290 for two of them is a steal. In this picture, the old rings are at the far left bottom, and the new rings at the far left top. I clearly see $290 of difference. duh. (For those who feel the pain of dog rings – check out this awesome shirt by James Hakewill on ApexSpeed )

So we tackle disassembling the gearbox in order to find out what is in there. We find lots of parts. Luckily, Hewland is nice enough to put their manual in PDF format online.. And, luckily, we find a neighborhood kid who can read to us. Remember, we went to a public school in Florida for education, some of these big words are tough.

Don, smiling because he still thinks this might actually go back together

This would be easier with, ah, uhm, a broomstick handle.

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