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Gearbox Gremlins

Hi Guys,

As some of you now I put the engine back in Joanne ('73 Squareback) a couple 
of weeks ago.  No more oil leaks and she sounds beautiful.  Nice to be back in 
the driving seat of a VW even though it still not on the road but its getting 
there.  The feeling of having four cylinders pounding behind whilst you sit in 
the driving seat.  I love it .

The problem I have though is with the gearbox.  Even though I didn't drive it 
too far, the following symptoms seem to be there:
1. Whilst it will go into reverse, it will not stay there unless you put your 
hand on the gearstick to hold it there.  It doesn't seem to be the same for 
the other gears but as I haven't had it moving very far I can't comment on 
whether this is the case or not.  When I did drive it last time, I didn't have 
any problems and it has only be sitting still since.
2. 1st and 3rd seem to be longer to get into.  Maybe its just me but to put 
them into gear the stick seems to have to travel further.

My questions are as follows:
1. Could this be the gearbox itself.
2. Could this only be the coupling.

With the engine out I made sure the gearbox was supported at all times at the 
appropriate height..  Any help diagnosing this would be greatly appreciated.  
It ain't going anywhere until the body is done so if I have to pull the whole 
thing out it aint no problem.


'72 Notch
'73 Square
'83 Sigma

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