TUSCAN Titanium Gear lever

TUSCAN Titanium Gear lever

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Diffler

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3 posts

17 months

Wednesday 14th September
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Morning! i wonder if anyone can help out, im looking for somewhere that can supply a titanium gear lever/gear knob for a Tuscan MK1. Like a lot of them the central console gets hot but lately after an hour of driving i cant touch the gearstick without a cover over it or wearing a glove (any wearing one glove makes me look a little like a bad Michael Jackson impersonator - eeeh-heeeee!)

I know you can get a 'heat blanket' to wrap the gearbox etc in and I've chatted to Dom at TVR Power who suggested it maybe worth trying to source a titanium or Bakelite lever to stop the transferring of the heat. Dom used to get hold of the Titanium ones but hasn't been able to for a while now. i know changing the lever will still mean the handbrake and rear vent are scorching but i'd be happy with being about to just change gear without 3rd degree burns.

Any advice would be gratefully received.

Steve

glow worm

5,094 posts

209 months

Wednesday 14th September
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I changed my gear stem to the round knob years ago to ceramic (IIRC) ... I think Graham Varley (of Sag Workshop Manual) had them made... It's so long ago I doubt there are any hanging around smile .
You could always try a fibre washer between the shaft and the knob... may help a little
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this link https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

PS If it's a hot day and the roof is off, I stick a hat over the gear knob/hand brake smile



Edited by glow worm on Wednesday 14th September 11:53

mk1fan

10,108 posts

207 months

Wednesday 14th September
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I may have a spare Powers titanium shaft. I need to check if the Sag had one fitted already.

Basil Brush

4,813 posts

245 months

Wednesday 14th September
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Would it be easier to machine the gear knob and use a plastic insert like this?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shift-Universal-Manual-Ro...

Diffler

Original Poster:

3 posts

17 months

Wednesday 14th September
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Thank you all for the speedy reply.

I'm used to it getting hot on warm days, so when the roofs off i cope, but now its in cold temperatures too and over 6 years of having the car its never been this bad. Dom was surprised it was this hot without the weathers help too.

I'll look at that different knob thank you and as for the person that MAY have one, keep me posted as if its going (and you use Dom for easy of getting it from you) i'd be very interested

Anything to help otherwise next years Nurburgring trip will be a killer

cheers

Basil Brush

4,813 posts

245 months

Wednesday 14th September
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Diffler said:
Thank you all for the speedy reply.

I'm used to it getting hot on warm days, so when the roofs off i cope, but now its in cold temperatures too and over 6 years of having the car its never been this bad. Dom was surprised it was this hot without the weathers help too.

I'll look at that different knob thank you and as for the person that MAY have one, keep me posted as if its going (and you use Dom for easy of getting it from you) i'd be very interested

Anything to help otherwise next years Nurburgring trip will be a killer

cheers
If something has changed then I'd try and figure out what, where excess heat from the engine is involved. Do you have cats fitted?

Diffler

Original Poster:

3 posts

17 months

Wednesday 14th September
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yeah its been getting a little worse over time (I'm out in it most weekends though)

As for the CAT I honestly can't remember which sounds bad sorry, i used to have them for sure, and they were shot so Dom said he had some he could use to get me by - however when i last saw him he mentioned that he thought mine had no CATS when i queried an issue - so now I'm not sure, perhaps he got rid as the solution. I'll have to check
Out of interest how woudl that effect the heat? i only ask as i was chatting to a fellow owner on Instagram and he asked the same question - I'll be honest I love my car to bits but am a real novice when it comes to the mechanics


astonman

662 posts

192 months

Tuesday 20th September
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I don't think you will get an overly hot knob,if you do not have cats.
Therefore,I reckon you have Cats,the whole car feels massively cooler without Cats.

Edited by astonman on Tuesday 20th September 20:42

s6boy

1,526 posts

207 months

Wednesday 21st September
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Mine with no cats still gets to the point of being uncomfortable to touch after a very long drive. With the roof off in the summer sun it's even quicker to heat up.

Speed 3

3,541 posts

101 months

Thursday 22nd September
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I bought one a few years ago for my Mk 1 but it couldn't be fitted. The factory had properly threadlocked the bottom of the original fit shaft and my specialist maintainers feared they were going to damage the gearbox by forcing a removal so we gave up. I lent it to someone on here to try and he never gave it back nor paid for it. I think that was a Racetech one. I'd investigate trying to insulate or divert heat away from the top of the tunnel. Funnily enough my handbrake always got hotter than the gear lever.