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kin74 Alex M
Verona, Verona, Italy   ITA
My GT6 Mk2 (or GT6+) is LHD and came with a non-factory overdrive which lever is on the left side of the steering column.
I recently found this image which shows the OD lever on the right side and it actually makes sense because it lets you use always the right hand to shift. But this is a pre-release photo and some details could have changed.



I wonder if any of you has a LHD GT6 with factory overdrive and could confirm me where the lever should be.



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MKIII Norbert S
Moerfelden, Hessen, Germany   DEU
Right side is OK



Regards Norbert 1969MK3

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kin74 Alex M
Verona, Verona, Italy   ITA
Thank you.
Just to be sure, lever up = overdrive off and lever down = overdrive on, right?



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risingsunexperience Avatar
Trenton, NJ, USA   USA
Strange!

About two months ago I drove a very nice GT6+ with overdrive.

The switch was on the left hand side of the steering wheel behind the turn signal switch.

If I remember correctly; the housing for the overdrive switch doubled as the housing for the turn indicator switch.

-I could be wrong.

I do remember for a fact that it was on the left hand side of the wheel.

Perhaps it's reversible and you can mount it either way.

-or maybe they changed the switch location in 1970; the picture that you posted shows a 1969.



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MKIII Norbert S
Moerfelden, Hessen, Germany   DEU
In reply to # 1340508 by risingsunexperience Strange!

About two months ago I drove a very nice GT6+ with overdrive.

The switch was on the left hand side of the steering wheel behind the turn signal switch.

If I remember correctly; the housing for the overdrive switch doubled as the housing for the turn indicator switch.

......

was it a RHD?




Regards Norbert 1969MK3

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Herald948 Andrew Mace
East Nassau, upstate NY, USA   USA
My understanding was that, in most cases, the OD switch would fall "readily" to the hand opposite the shifting hand. That way, one could more easily use all six gears in order without one hand going back and forth from OD lever to shift lever. That said, some catalogue specifications (notably S-T and Lucas) note that US cars -- at least later ones such as Mk3 Spitfire and later as well as GT6+ and later) would have had the OD lever closer to the shift lever. And there are two different part numbers for the OD lever switch, depending upon which side of the column it's mounted on.

THAT said, can anyone speak authoritatively (i.e. original fitment as opposed to personal preference) to Alex's question: lever up = overdrive off and lever down = overdrive on, right?



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Trenton, NJ, USA   USA
In reply to a post by Norbert
was it a RHD?


LHD my friend

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kin74 Alex M
Verona, Verona, Italy   ITA
Differing opinions and unanswered questions... we really miss a GT6 original owner!



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britsnspits Michael Stoliker
Bethlehem, PA, USA   USA
1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "The Phoenix"
1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Lucky"
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spitfire50 Paul Mugford
Rochester, N.H., USA   USA
In reply to # 1340596 by Herald948 My understanding was that, in most cases, the OD switch would fall "readily" to the hand opposite the shifting hand. That way, one could more easily use all six gears in order without one hand going back and forth from OD lever to shift lever. That said, some catalogue specifications (notably S-T and Lucas) note that US cars -- at least later ones such as Mk3 Spitfire and later as well as GT6+ and later) would have had the OD lever closer to the shift lever. And there are two different part numbers for the OD lever switch, depending upon which side of the column it's mounted on.

THAT said, can anyone speak authoritatively (i.e. original fitment as opposed to personal preference) to Alex's question: lever up = overdrive off and lever down = overdrive on, right?
Andy,
I got curious and looked in the Mk2 Spitfire manual. Sure enough the OD switch is shown on the left side for LHD, and the text states Up is disengaged and Down is engaged.
Maybe someone can do the same with a manual for a GT6+ grinning smiley
All the best,
Paul

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66Spit Bernard Thompson
Traverse City, MI, USA   USA
Paul is correct for Mark 1 and 2's with the "D" over drive.
Mark III with "D" over drives where switched to the center side.
Roadster Factory sells both left and right's.
I moved my Mk 2's from left to right side for ease of use.

I am sure the GT's had the column switch on the center side.
More of a year decision.

Cheers,
bernie

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bmpski Greg Reynolds
Stow, Ma., USA   USA
1970 Triumph GT6+ (MkII) "Blue Mistress"
1967 GT6 MKl


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bmpski Greg Reynolds
Stow, Ma., USA   USA
1970 Triumph GT6+ (MkII) "Blue Mistress"
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kin74 Alex M
Verona, Verona, Italy   ITA
@Paul
Well, I was dumb enough to not have checked my GT6 Mk2 Handbook. Not sure it shows any picture and - mostly - not sure it refers to LHD cars but it's worth a try. The Thomason, though, shows that RHD cars have the lever on the right side (i.e. opposite to the gear lever).

@Greg
Do those pictures come from quite "untouched" cars?
Did they really move the lever form Mk1 to Mk2? confused smiley



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bmpski Greg Reynolds
Stow, Ma., USA   USA
1970 Triumph GT6+ (MkII) "Blue Mistress"
1967 Triumph GT6 MKl Owners Manual and 1970 Triumph GT6 MKll Owners Manual



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