Got to the bottom of my stuck gearbox mode switch problem. I changed out the interior trim panels today, all of them. Eucalyptus wood out, turned aluminium in. Doors handle panels, centre console, inner gearshift, outer gearshift, coin box and cubby. Done the lot, also changed the steering wheel and gearknob for standard items too.
When I removed the gearshift trim I discovered a brown set material that had been liquid at one point. I managed to remove and separate the rocker switch without damaging it, freed it all off and my mode is now changeable.
What is the mystery brown stuff? It looks like it is wood glueor varnish! There is a bit of evidence that the eucalyptus trim at the gear gate had delaminated a bit and a previous owner liberally reglued it! The glue had run down the edge of the switch rocker seizing it solid. Fortunately no glue or whatever it was had reached the circuit board so the electrical side was 100% fine. A nice easy fix.
My issue now is the guy I bought the centre console panel from had removed the switches, not that I expected anything else. The problem is that he removed them as a complete assembly with the mounting bracket for the switches! The eucalyptus trim is different, in that the switches are mounted directly on the back of the wood. So I have contacted him again to try and get the switch retaining bracket. I just hope he has not sold the switches with the bracket still attached as I think it is part of the centre panel.
He seems a fair guy and is going to have a look tomorrow. Fingers crossed it is still available!
While I was about it I changed out the stock CD player and multi cd. Fitted a Pioneer mechless unit with bluetooth mike. Stuck a mini usb drive in with 50 albums on it and it's only 1/3 full! What did I pay for this amazing bit of electronic wizardry? A whole Ł53! Brand new, in the box out of Halfrauds! Mates discount of 15% as I was served by an ex student of mine
Plug and play, no wires cut, no adaptors. I love old cars!