Well, as it turned out, it was just a matter of pushing this while pulling that and holding my mouth just right and it came free, so on to the rest.....
I had modified the bearing retainer to fit the bigger pinion gear, and I had to do a little fine tuning this am, but once that's done it's time to tighten the pinion retaining nut - to 100 ft lbs!
The only way to get the shaft to hold still for that is to put it in two gears at once which locks both shafts together - it's the common way to do this and I've done it many times over the years in many different transmissions. However, this AM I got in a little bit of a hurry and pushed the operating sleeve just a smidge too far, the result was this hole and a detent spring and ball that went whizzing past my ear to who knows where.
I figured I could spend three hours looking for it (probably unsuccessfully) or I could drive 20 min to Victoria British and buy one for less than $2. I decided the car needed gas anyway....
Last edited by Minidave
on Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:40 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Hi! My name's Dave!
"Max" '09 LB/LB Clubman S
"Racing Green" 89 Mini