[Healeys] Fwd: New Clutch query

m.g.sharp at sympatico.ca m.g.sharp at sympatico.ca
Mon Sep 27 11:26:27 MDT 2021

I’m just imagining if we were all there “helping” Simon, the “discussions” about what the best method is.  That would be good for at least one case of beer! LOL




From: Healeys <healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> On Behalf Of richard mayor via Healeys
Sent: September 27, 2021 12:51 PM
To: healeys <healeys at autox.team.net>
Subject: [Healeys] Fwd: New Clutch query



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From: richard mayor <boyracer466 at gmail.com <mailto:boyracer466 at gmail.com> >
Date: Mon, Sep 27, 2021 at 8:22 AM
Subject: Re: [Healeys] New Clutch query
To: <simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com <mailto:simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com> >




You can present the clutch and cover to the flywheel using the plastic tool.  Tighten the cover just enough to hold the disc....... remove the plastic tool ......then insert the metal input shaft, loosen the bolt, finish the alignment and tighten the bolts. 


Another aid is to put an old fan belt around the back the transmission. One of you can then easily lift or lower the back end of the transmission to make things line up.


When I do it, I place a piece of 2x4 at the back of the cylinder head between it and the firewall.  Because the engine is well balanced on its motor mounts it does not put much pressure on the firewall.  It will do no damage.  The engine in this position is well suited to receive the transmission.  I then use the floor jack to get the front of the transmision to the right level. Then you can guide the tranny forward using the fan belt to raise or lower the rear of the transmission.   Make sure the transmission is in gear so you can turn the rear output flange as needed to get the clutch and input shaft splines to line up.  I have used this method many times with success doing it all by myself.  Take your time and with a bit of finesse it should slide right in. Never let the weight of the transmission hang on the input shaft and clutch.  Use the floor jact to support the weight of the transmission at all times. 




On Mon, Sep 27, 2021 at 5:43 AM <simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com <mailto:simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com> > wrote:


Thank you everybody for your replies. 


Richard’s advice as to centering the clutch by moving the alignment tool back and forth, up/down seems very sensible and I’ll try that.


I said that I thought the black plastic alignment tool was easier to use than the shaft because, with plastic tool, one can plug the clutch plate to the flywheel then wind on the cover as no part of the tool is wider than the hole in the centre of the cover. With the shaft, one has to put it through cover and clutch plate and then fight the pair up and onto the flywheel. 


Two people found (very!) polite ways of asking if I’d put the clutch plate on backwards. Sadly not; that might have produced an instant cure. I’m way past being offended by such questions. 


Nothing is binding in the spigot bush/pilot bearing. Another instant cure missed.


No slop in the  clutch lever bushings. The slave’s push rod and clevis pin were in a bad way although that had not  -   previously – impinged. I’ve ordered new ones anyhow.


I’ve got the two dowel bolts and used them at 11:00 and 17:30. (Incidentally, I’ve got on file an email, 11 June ’02, of Michael’s in which he makes reference to the importance attached to these bolts as a “tempest in a teapot”. His maths makes perfect sense, as you’d expect, but I’ll be sure to put them in per the book).


I did have a jack under the engine and will again. 


Barring anything new received from you guys, I’ll just have to try again, paying great attention to the plate being centred and the engine/gearbox being at compatible angles.


No attempt today as son-in-law is at work! It is definitely a task where an Arnie-lookalike is extremely useful.





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