Making a right mess in the shed. For unknown reasons someone had fitted a normal 4 speed gearbox to our Maestro LE. When new the car was fitted with the notorious 3+E box, so there was no question that the old 3+E should go back into the car!
Removing the gearbox was fairly straight forward and turned out to be a one man job. I was suprised to find so many different bolt sizes used. Maybe that's what happens if a manufacturer decides to use a Volkswagen gearbox in a British car.
Comparing these two boxes confirmed the fact that they were dimensionally the same and that the gear ratios were different, so I could go ahead and fit the correct gearbox.
Lifting the gearbox in place proved more difficult than removing, but with the use of an engine hoist it was fairly easy to manoeuvre the gearbox in position. Then after performing the tedious task of refitting al the nuts and bolts the engine bay looked as if nothing had changed. Slightly cleaner perhaps.