[Healeys] New clutch query

Michael Oritt michael.oritt at gmail.com
Mon Sep 20 07:29:49 MDT 2021

I don't know if Mirek's Rey went to the list or just a few of us but he
makes the excellent  point that once oriented correctly the gearbox should
snug up to the rear plate pretty easily and one definitely should not need
to use 3" bolts to pull the gearbox into place.

This suggests that either the pilot bushing was in some way damaged during
earlier removal of the transmission  or that the input shaft is of
different pattern or dimensions than its predecessor.  Please do not ask
how I know....

Best-Michael Oritt

On Sun, Sep 19, 2021, 9:49 PM Bob Spidell via Healeys <
healeys at autox.team.net> wrote:

> 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?
> Bob
> 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> 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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