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18 The reverse gears showed some pretty bad signs of wear. It’s likely a sign of a driver trying to move the transmission into reverse before fully engaging the clutch. Many other gear builders would have simply thrown out the reverse gear as well as the idler, but Cook always tries to work with his customers to save money wherever possible. With a little quality time with the grinder, Cook is able to recut the leading edges of the gear teeth. The three gear teeth in the foreground show how the teeth looked after Cook gave them back a bit of an edge. The teeth on either side are still untouched.