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Transmission Insulation

Transmission Insulation

I had no idea what else to call this one!


Hello all :
Is there supposed to be foam rubber between the transmission and the body's
transmission tunnel or was this the previous owners way of dealing with a
Puzzled in Connecticut
Michael Ramsey
54XK140mc OTS

I just pulled the cover foam.
Jim Warren
 '55 XK 140MC dhc

Michael -
I don't know about the XK's, and my 56/XK 140 DHC does not have the foam.
My 67 XKE OTS has a molded foam that sits between the transmission and
transmission tunnel. I assumed that it was placed there for noise
suppression. When I first pulled it out it was covered with oil and dirt. I
could not tell if it also had a moulded protective covering but at the time
I was not sure I wanted something up there collecting water etc. I replaced
the tunnel cover without the foam thinking I would find a new fresh piece
but have not seen any moulded foam advertized for sale. Another reason for
the foam could be as a dirt, moisture, or exhaust seal in the event that
your rubber shifter boot fails (splits open) and stuff starts to get sucked
into the cockpit because of the negative pressure.

Regards; Andy

On mine, a fairly original 140 FHC, I found remnants of a rubber like
materal. Not foam though, but a soft solid material, roughly 1/8" thick.
Looks like a individual addition to stop drafts or leaks.
Klaus Nielsen

My '56 XK-140 had a fiberous material (possibly jute) on the underside of
the transmission cover. Needless to say it was badly oil soaked and,
therefore, I replaced it with some of that self adhesive rubber acoustic
blanket material that is sold commercially.

Mike Carpenter

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