Originally Posted by Zeppelinium
I was fascinated to take the gear head apart and look inside--the intermediate gear is made out of bakelite! That or it's steel colored to look exactly like bakelite, even in cross section.
Yeah its some kind of composite. Bakelite or somthing like it. Another dumb design feature (if I remember right) is it is pressed on to a metal spindle. I found a RV guy who had a replacement gear that was solid metal. Worked fine for a couple of years on my 73 and is still working as far as I know.