Today I test drove this 75, 1991 V6 Cloverleaf.
And I loved it, the cool roar of the V6, it handled fantastic and it was bloody quick. The car itself is solid as a rock and the engine seems in great nick. And you could tell the owner loved it and was sorry to see it go, and he was a top bloke.
But there is a but, and it's the transmission
The syncro seems to be buggered in 2nd and reverse, on it's own this should not be an issue, and easily fixed. However the gearstick seems to have a life of it's own. To me it seems almost impossible to select gears unless you know exactly where you are going. And unlike with all other cars, it dosn't spring back into neutral, it just wobbles somewhere in the middle. Also, there seems to be a clunk from the back when you release the clutch.
To be honest, the owner could drive around all this, (and he was a great driver), but I want to hillclimb this car so I need the gearshift to be nearly 100% perfect.
Basically, what I need to know is what you think is wrong, with the syncros I'm pretty sure a quick gearbox rebuild will fix it, but as for the shifter, I suspect it's a linkage or gear shift seating problem, but since I've never come across a rear gearbox layout like this, I havn't a clue. And the clunking noise has me baffled.
I really love this car and want to buy it, and I know it can be fixed, but if it blows my budget, then I can't
The owner reckoned a 2nd hand gearbox is £900, is this the going rate if I need one?