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post #1 of 14 Old 07-18-2006, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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328 Transmission

For those of you that have never seen the inside of a 328 transmission, here is a photo of mine, which I took after replacing second gear synchro ring, but before putting all the shift forks and shift rods back in. It's not that different than most transmissions, such as a Toyota or NSX 5-speed. Parts prices are scary, though, so I'm glad it's done and I didn't break anything. If anybody wants to do theirs, PM me and I'll walk you through it - it's really not that hard, assuming you've done other manual transmissions (do you agree, Brian?). I was going to take more photos as I went along, but I didn't want to get gear oil all over the camera :-) -Steve
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-18-2006, 08:08 PM
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It's not that different than most transmissions, such as a Toyota or NSX 5-speed.
You're right, that looks very similar to the 5-speed in my Jeep. Except the parts are smaller, yet more expensive.

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So ...... has this *fixed* the famous 2nd-gear notchiness???? I wanna know!!!
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Don't know yet. I've been doing lots of detailing on the engine and engine bay, and I'll probably put the engine/trans back in next weekend. There will still be lots to do before it runs, and I'll be out of town for a while, so don't count on an answer until mid-September. In the meantime, here are two lo res pictures I took the other day. Since then, I've put the engine back on the trans, and will take some hi res shots tomorrow. If they look good, I'll blow one up to poster size for the garage wall. What do you think? -Steve
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... What do you think? -Steve
Ummm, fair to middling.

Actually, *BLOODY FANTASTIC*!

I'll have to ask how you did it all someday.
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Details, details

Thanks, mate. So you don't think I've committed blasphemy by polishing and wrinkle painting the valve covers? -Steve
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Nope, they should have come like that.
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2nd Gear....and the Answer Is

Here's the update on 2nd gear. First a little background. My 328GTS has 34K miles on it, and was pretty stiff going into 2nd in the morning, for about the first 6 shifts. Then it got notchy for several more, then smoothed out after that. I tried Red Line fluid, which made no difference. When I had the engine out, I replaced the 2nd gear blocker ring. The old one, turns out, was still within spec, but obviously not good as a new one. The gear itself was perfect. The blocker ring, which is a ZF part, cost $257 from GT Car Parts in Phoenix, and the special ring nut tool was another $125, so with tax, we're talking about $400.

So, how is it now? Better, but not perfect. It is not hard to get in when cold, just notchy, and smooths out after a half dozen shifts. It does not shift as well as my old 1972 Pantera with 90,000 miles, which also uses a ZF synchro. Was it worth $400? Maybe, maybe not, but I would have always wondered had I not done it. -Steve
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The red wrinkle finish on the cam covers looks superb.

What is the stuff and where can you buy it ?
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I'm out of town this week. I will respond when I get back home... -Steve
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Understand the majority uses the Redline. As a guy who tracks his car and am not Super Kind on my tranny... Please try the Amsoil SVG 70-90. Am not an Amsoil head but their tranny fluid has a great following for a good reason.

Remove the redline and try the Amsoiul and please report back. In the 308 here second gear might be a touch notchy when cold (50F) for the first mile or three, then in very short order it is VERY smooth.
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Wrinkle Red Valve Covers

To Franco63:

The product I used to paint the valve covers is Wrinkle Red Paint by a company called VHT. You can get it from Summit Racing here in the US. The part number is VHT-SP204. Summit web site is SummitRacing.com

Have you ever done any polishing or wrinkle painting? Would you like me to put together a procedure to do the valve covers?

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Hi Steve

I can get VHT wrinkle finish from Frost Restorations here in the UK but I'd be much oblidged if you could put an application procedure together for the cam covers. I presume that you block sand the raised letters and ribbing with a fine grade wet and dry sandpaper after the wrinkle paint has cured ?

Can you apply a clearcoat lacquer over the bare raised aluminium areas to stop them from oxidising ?

Used this wrinkle paint stuff once before to refinish an MGB dash with good results but I remember having to leave it for almost a week for the stuff to fully cure.

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Since this thread is called "328 Transmission", let's start a new one so people can do a better search in the future. -Steve
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