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Transmission Swaps

Transmission Swaps

Anyone out there ever swapped a all syncro Etype trans into an XK? For years I have saved a short tailshaft 1965-67 E type trans with the idea being to put it into a 150 that I was building at the time...that particular 150 is long gone but I still have the trans, bellhousing and starter that I thought would do the trick along with adjusting the length of the propshaft of course. Never did the installation, but still might give it a try one day... - David Drenzek

I'm also pro-Moss. I often wish for one more gear above fourth, synchro for 1st, - but I love the personality of the original box ... - Bruce D. Cunningham

I agree completely ( for my 120) and have great fun double clutching even with my bum knee.... However, my etypes get the 5 speed Getrag or our Own VJT 5 speed!! - kind regards, Tony Parkinson, Vicarage Jaguar

Yo umay find that the shift lever will be under the dash.. you will have to go with the 3.4 bell and that has a wider aperature than the the 4.2 bell from which your trani comes.... so you will probabe need an adapter plate and etc.. may be the wrong thing to do .. in the end.. Better to put the 4.2 trani into a 3.8 etype..... or sell it.... - kind regards Tony Parkinson, Vicarage Jaguar

Yes David, I have an all synchro box out of an XJ6 fitted to my 150s OTS. I still have the old CR Moss box as well. - Regards Col Haywood

Col, what mods (if any) did you make to the Trans/bell housing/starter, and idid the shifter end up in approximately the right place. An earlier message indicated that the shifter would end up too far forward. Also, did you fit an Overdrive unit?? P.S. Pic are (almost) on the way to you of the demister hooks from the tonneau cover. I am also checking to see what the costs would be to send the old cover to you to use as a pattern. BTW XK Unlimited here in the US sells both a short and long version of the cover for $168.00 (US) - David Drenzek

Dave, I must confess that I did not do the modification myself, it was carried out by one of the Jag experts here in Perth. As far as I know he cut out the rear face of the XJ6 4.2 bell housing(where the gear box bolts into position) and grafted it into the appropriate place on the rear face of the original 150 Bell housing. As this involved machining beyond both the capacity of my lathe and my experience I left it to the expert who also did a total (and very expensive) rebuild of the all synchro box and overdrive at the same time! The overdrive is the one fitted to the XJ6, not the original which is still attached to the 150 gear box. They are different and the solenoid no longer sits inside that little bump on the lhs of the gearbox cover. Because the XJ6 Gbox is about 5" shorter than original the gear lever I fitted an extension(a simple but effective device designed and fabricated for me by a friend here in WA)which brings the gear lever back to its correct position. I am attaching a scanned image which shows what the thing looks like....let me know if it comes through OK. Thank you in anticipation for the pics and assitance with the tonneau and hooks. - Rgds Col Haywood

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