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Gear shift lever knob

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 6:35 pm
by manlyvaleaussie
I remember about a year ago or maybe longer that a member was pursuing the possibility of having some original style gear shift knobs for the MM series made, the ones with the brass inserts. Sorry, I don't remember the member's name but does anyone know if this came to pass and if so would there still be one available.

Thanks,
Paul Follett. manlyvaleaussie

Re: Gear shift lever knob

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 6:54 pm
by jagnut66
Hi Paul,
Do you mean these?
Best wishes,
Mike.


https://www.morrisminorspares.com/gearb ... pe-p830961

Re: Gear shift lever knob

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 7:00 pm
by JohnV
jagnut66 wrote:
Tue May 05, 2020 6:54 pm
Do you mean these?

https://www.morrisminorspares.com/gearb ... pe-p830961
I believe these are not the same as the earliest Series MM knobs, according to the estimable Richard O'Brien. If memory serves, those 1948-early 1949 knobs had an impressed shift pattern rather than a raised one.

Re: Gear shift lever knob

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 7:08 pm
by jagnut66
those 1948-early 1949 knobs had an impressed shift pattern rather than a raised one.
Looking at the picture (below) that I've just found you may well be right, we need the input of others here I think.
Best wishes,
Mike.
1949 Morris Minor MM interior detail.jpg
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Re: Gear shift lever knob

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 7:28 pm
by jagnut66
Found these posts, are they any help?
The second one looks promising, OP is 'mike.perry', last active in 2017 though, perhaps someone on here is able to contact him?
Best wishes,
Mike.


https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=htt ... AdAAAAABAI

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=htt ... AdAAAAABAU

Re: Gear shift lever knob

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 8:56 pm
by seriesmm_1
Mike you are quite correct Mike Perry who was in charge of the Series mm register had some made for the club a few years ago,I know as I bought one & the numbers are recessed
Regards
BrianR

Re: Gear shift lever knob

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 11:16 pm
by jagnut66
I remember about a year ago or maybe longer that a member was pursuing the possibility of having some original style gear shift knobs for the MM series made
Mike Perry who was in charge of the Series mm register had some made for the club a few years ago
So, I think the question which the OP will want to know the answer to is: Is he still contactable and, for those in need, are they still available?
Best wishes,
Mike.

Re: Gear shift lever knob

Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 12:49 am
by doughicks
The one I have has no markings.
It is off a 51.
Did they all have markings?

Re: Gear shift lever knob

Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 1:01 am
by doughicks
Sorry forgot to attach pics to last post.

Re: Gear shift lever knob

Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 2:25 am
by JohnV
OK, according to OHP900 aka Richard O'Brien (who can't recall his login at the moment), the knobs Mike Parry had made weren't correct. So basically I had the story backward—for which abject apologies.

Richard sent me these four photos. Three show the original knob off his Feb 1949 car, with ridged edges and (the remains of) raised letters, and the fourth shows an original Nuffield shot in which you can just see the raised letters on an original very early car.

SO, it looks like the MM Spares knobs for 803cc Series II cars (posted by JagNut) have raised letters (correct) but NOT ridged edges. :cry: Drat.

Re: Gear shift lever knob

Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 8:17 am
by jagnut66
SO, it looks like the MM Spares knobs for 803cc Series II cars (posted by JagNut) have raised letters (correct) but NOT ridged edges.
In other words, unless you want to bring your car up to concourse level and enter it into competitions (with the hope of winning), they would do the job nicely and 'look' period correct. :wink:
Of course if you do want to bring your car up to concourse standards and have a duff knob................ :roll:
Best wishes,
Mike.

Re: Gear shift lever knob

Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 3:09 pm
by RobThomas
knob1.png
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This is all I've got.

Re: Gear shift lever knob

Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 3:09 pm
by RobThomas
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Re: Gear shift lever knob

Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 8:16 pm
by manlyvaleaussie
Thanks to Rob and all who replied, it turns out that Bryan Gostling still has some of the knobs that Mike Perry had made & one will be on it's way to me shortly. Once received, I'll post photos of it for comment on originality as it seems that there is some doubt.

Paul Follett. manlyvaleaussie

Re: Gear shift lever knob

Posted: Sat May 09, 2020 12:37 am
by sparesman
We still have a few left in the club stocks. It is unlikely we will get any more made as they cost us about £30 each.
In Rob's photos the bottom left is the right one as is same as that on at least 2 or 3 of the MMs I have owned. The bottom left is a solid possibly bakelite version as fitted to the 8 Series E and 10M. They are same shape and design as the MM ones but do not perish. The knobs we have were made from a mould taken from one of thee Series E knobs and have the part number embossed on the underneath of the knob.
Series E knobs turn up from time to time and we have one currently in the club stocks.An alternative is the Morris 10/4 12/4 etc Series 3 knob which is very similar.