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Odometer drive gears .....

I pulled the speedo out of the QTC yesterday to fix the *standard*
broken odo drive gear.  The gear on the '83 is much more accessible
than on the '78 ... you don't even need to remove the speedo face
to get at it.  I called a couple of VDO repair shops to ask them if
it's possible to replace the gear.  They told me that there is no 
way they can sell the gear to me, and even though the gear is right
out there in front of God and everyone it will still cost me $60+ to
get it replaced (because they have to recalibrate the unit).  As long 
as the new gear has the same number of teeth as the old gear I can't 
see why any recalibration would be necessary.  The fracture in the 
gear was such that even after I attached it more firmly to the shaft 
it can bind against the worm gear, so I need a replacement gear.  Any-
body know of a way to get replacement gears without having to grab 
one's ankles?

Steve Buchholz