The title is a tribute to 4 of the top 10 blogs on this network today: Britters flashed the press. Apparently it’s newsworthy.

We have better news: The gearbox is in and it works.

Like almost everything we do, it took two attempts. The first time it went in with a little trouble, only to realise we’d left it locked in two gears simultaneously, so therefore wouldn’t work. Julian thankfully rectified that problemo and now i’m told that it works. Thanks must go to John’s article in FiatMonth about the Regatta to X1/9 gearbox conversion.

Changing the diff ratio’s
Posing for the camera…

Is that a rediculously small clutch, or is it just me?

Gearbox in, ready to roll!
We’ve also been doing other random bits and pieces, such as the front radiator lines, hooking up the shift linkage, installing the door latches (few minor hiccups there….) and generally avoiding body work.