Wait…What? Didn’t I do this last week?
Well it turns out not everyone on eBay isn’t as honest and upstanding as I dared to dream. I fitted up the new box and initially 5th and reverse were missing. Easy fix; it was just the detent spring. Luckily, I was able to fix it through the shifter hole, however the box had a bad whine, in every gear! Now the car is pretty noisy, so to be able to hear it, well, that’s how bad it was. And it’s been getting worse; I’ve been driving all week with ear plugs in!
After trying different oils and additives I gave up…and bought another one!
This time from a reputable breaker and it even has a warranty for two months! So, I’ve spent my Good Friday pulling the old (new) box out ready to fit up the new one tomorrow. Fingers crossed it’s a good one!