[Healeys] FW: New clutch query

m.g.sharp at sympatico.ca m.g.sharp at sympatico.ca
Sun Sep 19 23:07:11 MDT 2021

Simon,  hate to say it, but the clutch should work perfectly after it is installed, there is no “break-in”.  The trouble you had getting the g’box in is troubling.  If everything is aligned it  should slip in easily.  I presume, when installing, you put it in gear and rotated the drive flange to get the shaft splines to align with the clutch plate.   I would never pull it together by winding it on with bolts.  Your description that the graunchy noises when shifting are expensive sounding is likely correct, so it sounds to me that the gearbox should come out again and a thorough inspection is warranted.


In addition to checking that the clutch disc slides on the first motion shaft splines before assembly, I also always check that the pilot bush fits correctly on the end of the shaft.  If these fit correctly and the alignment is good, the g’box should slip in easily.  Now, you may have to destroy the bush to get it out of the flywheel, but they are inexpensive and the peace of mind (never mind the effort to re&re the g’box again) makes it worthwhile to do. The pilot bearing should be lightly greased before assembly – I use a molybdenum grease, which I also use sparingly on the splines – don’t put so much on that it flies off and contaminates the clutch plate).  I agree with Richard that a spare first motion shaft is a better alignment tool than a plastic substitute.


Also, ensure that the bell housing to engine bolts are correctly located.  There are two special bolts called “dowel bolts” (they have their own part number that is different to the other bolts) that are more precisely machined to locate the bell housing/gearbox accurately on the rear engine plate.  They can be identified by a shallow groove that is machined into the shank just below the head.  They go in the top left (11 o’clock) and bottom right (5:25) holes (looking at the rear on the motor).  See the note on page 97 of the Originality Guide (2018) for a full description.  I don’t think the workshop manual adequately describes these, thinking it is covered under “replacement is the reverse of removal”; but you have to be pretty observant to note these two bolts on removal! 


Three years ago I had an issue with a new Borg&Beck clutch plate and had my g’box in and out 3 times, so I know how you are feeling, but something is wrong and you need to get it right.  When it is together again, bolt the driver’s seat back in and test drive it before putting the rest of the interior in; it saves a bit of work if there is a problem.


Lastly, don’t cut the head of the top slave cylinder bolt.  I can guarantee you that if this was acceptable engineering practice the accountants at the factory would have insisted it be done.  The slave cylinder needs to be securely fastened to the bell housing and one bolt is not sufficient.  I have probably had mine off 4, maybe 5 times in 45 years of ownership, so if it takes me an extra 10 minutes to remove, so what?  If extracting inaccessible bolts is a big issue, don’t buy an English car!  (I just had to re&re the rear drain pipe from the intake manifold – that is another fun one!).


Good luck! Mirek


From: Healeys <healeys-bounces at autox.team.net <mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> > On Behalf Of richard mayor via Healeys
Sent: September 19, 2021 7:52 PM
To: Michael Oritt <michael.oritt at gmail.com <mailto:michael.oritt at gmail.com> >
Cc: Healeys <healeys at autox.team.net <mailto:healeys at autox.team.net> >
Subject: Re: [Healeys] New clutch query


My first thought was that if you were having to force the gearbox when it was 3 to 4 inches away from home, it may be the spines in the clutch disc and the input shaft were causing some interference.  This should have been an easy slip fit.  Did you lubricate the spines?  Test fit the disc on the input shaft?   Installing a gearbox should not be a tedious affair.  Or, you did not get the disc properly aligned using the little plastic tool.  There is a lot of wiggle room for error.   I've found that an old input shaft works better than the plastic ones for getting good alignment.   


That brings me to my next observation.  If for some reason the clutch disc is hanging up on the input shaft it will not disengage as smoothly as it should.  Is this your problem?  It's not clear to me what you mean when you say "difficult clutch".


I  have never heard of any need to break-in a clutch.


On Sun, Sep 19, 2021 at 2:15 PM Michael Oritt via Healeys <healeys at autox.team.net <mailto:healeys at autox.team.net> > wrote:



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,



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