What's your gear knob made of?

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#1 What's your gear knob made of?

Post by paulsco » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:10 pm

I was tempted to leave out 'gear' but thought better of it:-)

Anyway...my gear knob has stripped its threads and I am considering reconstructing them, maybe putting an insert in, but I notice it is made of what appears to be bakelite.

The one on my 340 is aluminium with a plastic covering and according to SNG has the same part number (C23007).

The aluminium one seems to have a good throw as the weight seems to help with the shifting.

I am now wondering if my E-Type one is original.

What's yours made of?

Paul
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#2 Re: What's your gear knob made of?

Post by cactusman » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:30 pm

Mine is black...don't think it is bakelite but it may be. Already has a brass insert....no idea if original though....
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#3 Re: What's your gear knob made of?

Post by Durango2k » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:56 pm

Wood of course :-)

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#4 Re: What's your gear knob made of?

Post by 1954Etype » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:08 am

The original 4.2s were black and made out of the heaviest metal known to man. Carston, get rid of the wooden one, the weight helps with the throw.
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#5 Re: What's your gear knob made of?

Post by ralphr1780 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:29 am

I am pleased with this:

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#6 Re: What's your gear knob made of?

Post by malcolm » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:04 am

My original black one was badly discoloured. Had a heavy wooden one made for me by a British guy living in the states. He inserted a period Growler for me. Not too light; works well


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#7 Re: What's your gear knob made of?

Post by mark10337 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:27 am

I like my wood one with growler centre. Not as cold as a metal one on a cold winter morning.
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#8 Re: What's your gear knob made of?

Post by Bill B » Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:20 pm

1954Etype wrote:The original 4.2s were black and made out of the heaviest metal known to man. Carston, get rid of the wooden one, the weight helps with the throw.
I agree. I replaced the PO's wooden one with an original style heavy one and it did improve the shifting.
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#9 Re: What's your gear knob made of?

Post by TrevS » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:29 am

1954Etype wrote:The original 4.2s were black and made out of the heaviest metal known to man.
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Here is a picture of my original gear knob on my 4.2 that has lost all it's covering. I can confirm it is a very solid, weighty lump of metal. The after market black ball replacement I've just bought looks loads better but weighs about 2/3rd of the original
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#10 Re: What's your gear knob made of?

Post by paulsco » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:52 pm

Thank you all for your input.

It looks like the originals were metal with a plastic covering, but the replacements now are made out of some sort of plastic.

I don’t know where that leaves mine though; it is definitely 'many years' old.

Paul
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#11 Re: What's your gear knob made of?

Post by Moeregaard » Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:40 am

My very early 4.2 had one made of the aforementioned heavy metal. At some time during the restoration process, I managed to lose this thing. Luckily, I found a similarly sized ball that had managed to fall off of a JCB parked in a nearby lot. The thread was 1/2-13, but a few minutes on the lathe produced a suitable adaptor. With apologies to the owner of the JCB...
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#12 Re: What's your gear knob made of?

Post by cactusman » Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:46 pm

The densest metal known is Osmium. That would make the heaviest gear knob....Assuming your gear knob was 5 cm in diameter it would have a volume of 65.45 cm3. An osmium knob that big would weigh 1.478 kg :bigrin: :bigrin: That much pure osmium would cost you about $20,000 so I rather doubt Jaguar used osmium sadly! Oh and it has toxicity issues too...
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#13 Re: What's your gear knob made of?

Post by Geoff Green » Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:22 am

Oh, foolish me... Here I was thinking it was made of unobtainium. :bigrin:

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#14 Re: What's your gear knob made of?

Post by cactusman » Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:33 pm

Unobtainium is more expensive than osmium.....especially when used in an e type :bigrin:
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#15 Re: What's your gear knob made of?

Post by Robert Hiland » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:23 am

The original finish flaked off so I removed it and refinished it.

It appears that is made of lead.

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