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I found a beautiful 1971 1800E and test drove it today.<br>Comes with an ES parts car that had a manual transmission, which was swapped by the guys mechanic into the E, which originally was automatic.<br>When shifting into 1st and Reverse the shifter really vibrates hard and a sort of buzzing, "crunching", grinding sound is heard. Much like the noise from the game "Operation".<br>If you push it into gear really fast the noise just happens for an instant, but when you shift at normal speed it's really scary. Once it gets into gear it's fine, and all the other gears are great to shift into also.<br>Any idea what it is? Quick replies would be helpful as the owner has other people looking at the car tomorrow...<p>Thanks!<br>-Isaac
 

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Re: Buying a 1971 1800E, "crunching" when shifting into 1st and Reverse? (redhotjose9)

Worn syncros on first and reverse gear.<br>This is not a cheap repair as the synchros are $$$ and the labor is many hours.<p>If you buy the car and decide to fix the trans be sure to install a new pilot bearing and throwout bearing plus look at the clutch and flywheel for any needs.<p>George Dill<br>
 

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Re: Buying a 1971 1800E, "crunching" when shifting into 1st and Reverse? (gdill2)

There is no synchro the reverse gear. I'd say the clutch is not disengaging fully.
 

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Re: Buying a 1971 1800E, "crunching" when shifting into 1st and Reverse? (Phil Singher)

Bad throw-out bearing/release fork/linkage adjustment? Try snicking it into second then selecting first or reverse. If it goes into those gears without grinding after doing this then you probably have some clutch drag due to one of the faults mentioned above.
 

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Re: Buying a 1971 1800E, "crunching" when shifting into 1st and Reverse? (John2x240)

Clutch cable out of adjustment.<p>Clutch fork bent.<p>Failing TO bearing.<p>Pilot bearing about to sieze.<p>Engine idle too high.<p>High rpm run-on when go pedal lifted.<p>Too-thick insulation under clutch pedal.<p>Worn clutch components.<p>Worn shifter bushes/linkage.<p>Be sure OD is engaging/disengaging correctly.<p>Low/incorrect fluid in trans/OD.<p>Drive components misalignment when swapping AT for 4-speed.<p>I suspect you have bought the car already so enjoy!<p>George Dill<p>
 
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