I have acquired a leak from the underside of the crashbox in my Oval, it appears at some stage under the previous owners watchful eye, one of the gearbox halves has been damaged on the mating face. This created a gap when assembled, but sure enough it was assembled anyway and good old bathroom sealent or similar was used to fill it. I wiped the underside of the gearbox clean to trace the leak (clearly wiping out the sealent plug!), hence the next morning a large puddle of oil!
I was intending to remove it and repair it at my leisure with the car still on the road. I am trying to fit a 1972 1200 manual gearbox (as i have it in stock) into my 1955 std RHD Oval bug. I have read many forums and magazine articles and come to no conclusion on the best method in which to mount the gearbox. I have both my original split case gearbox and late gearbox on the garage floor and come to a stop!
There is plenty of talk of Split bus nosecones and hockey sticks, however, there is also a lot of talk of having to modifying (often with a hammer!!) the underside of the body to ensure the gearbox clears. I will happily do any work necessary to avoid severely altering the body from original shape, I am not a purist per say, but ‘beating with a hammer’ is just not good engineering!
I have seen the late beetle conversion kits from Rancho and enquired, they too said that i would need to relieve the body. Is there genuinely no way of mounting a late box into an early car without malpractice?
Any help would be greatly appreciated,
Sincerely & Respectfully