TODAY I WILL GO AND LEAVE YOU

Today I found out that a shifter has a life span of approx 43 years. Threw it in reverse to leave work and the lever rotated freely in my hand. Peeled back the boot and saw that the metal base had “torn” at the top of the joint. Very strange for the metal to fatigue and separate the way it did. I was expecting to find the weld to be broken at the lever and ball joint at the base. At least it didn’t happen while I was driving and far from home.

Decided to push it in the warehouse and will spend tomorrow’s lunch break installing a new-used one from EASY. Such is life.

EDIT: Found a pic to show where the metal had fatigued and split – see red line.

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4 Responses to TODAY I WILL GO AND LEAVE YOU

  1. John Straub says:

    I’ve never seen that happen.

  2. Vintage Seats says:

    Glad it didn’t happen when you make the trip down to So Cal away from your “comfort zone” next year. đŸ™‚

  3. Worse than that, can you imagine if that had happened on your drive to West Virginia for the RGruppe East event? As if…
    Quit shifting like a gorilla, Mr. SchwartaTilton.

  4. reedminor says:

    Ophelia must be a good Porsche. One that, when she does fail (and that is rare) it’s either:
    1.in the driveway at home
    2. close to home
    3. within a distance that is covered by a free tow ( i have this in the insurance of my 68 L)
    4. at the office.

    I’m going to check my shifter now, as my car is the same age as yours. The joys of old Porsches, hey?

    Justin

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