[Healeys] New clutch query

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Sun Sep 19 19:49:06 MDT 2021

A couple random thoughts:

- do the special (read: expensive) 'dowel bolts' make a difference on 
installation? Anyone know the real purpose of these?

- what shape is your clutch M/C in?


On 9/19/2021 2:15 PM, Michael Oritt via Healeys wrote:
> Simon--
> I cut the head off one bolt to make it easier to R&R the secondary 
> cylinder. I also fashioned a small door in the extension panel to give 
> access to the bleed nipple from inside rather than only under the car.
> Best--Michael Oritt
> On Sun, Sep 19, 2021 at 4:23 PM Simon Lachlan via Healeys 
> <healeys at autox.team.net <mailto:healeys at autox.team.net>> wrote:
>     You’ll recall the Overdrive saga. Have decided not to commission 
>     a TV mini-series per someone’s advice.
>     1) The overdrive is in and works very well. I haven’t tested the
>     pressure yet – I will – but it clicks in and out very briskly.
>     2) The new clutch kit is in. Hard to get the old bits off until I
>     borrowed that magic tool. Used the black nylon(?) tool from
>     AHSpares as so much handier than the spare original shaft.
>     3) Putting the gearbox back in was pretty tedious. It would go in
>     all the way except for the last 3 or 4 inches. Took it out again
>     and checked the alignment was 100% which it was. Put it back in,
>     pushed, shoved and cursed. In the end we wound it on with long
>     threaded bolts. I don’t want to put in another clutch. Ever.
>     4) Now, finally, the QUESTIONS:-
>     Initially, getting the car into any gear was very graunchy and
>     really the car would have been undriveable. Pedal pressure felt
>     the same as before but nothing was happening except expensive noise.
>     Although there was no evidence of a loss of fluid – why would
>     there be? – I bled the clutch. I have fitted the extension tube so
>     it wasn’t tricky. That did make a difference but not to the way it
>     was previously.
>     So (1) Is it normal for clutches to be difficult at first? A sort
>     of “breaking-in” period??
>     (2) I’ll bleed it again but am drawn to getting a longer push rod
>     for the slave cylinder. Does that make sense? I do have to push
>     the pedal down pretty far. Comments?
>     (3) Slightly off topic……digging around in my files, I saw a
>     suggestion to cut the head off the top bolt that locates the slave
>     cylinder. Then to Loctite in permanently for use as a dowel peg.
>     ie that bolt is a bit of a PITA and one bolt would suffice.
>     Wouldn’t it??
>     All advice would be very welcome,
>     Simon

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