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1/20/10 12:29pm - Original Message: 'Clutch Replace'
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I am about to pull the tranny and replace clutch. I am also going to bring trans. to a shop and have it gone through & inspected. Any suggestions on removal? Does it pay to use a heavy duty clutch?

Tanks-o-bunch, "T"



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1/20/10 1:30pm - Reply: 'Clutch Replace'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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Don't drop it on yer toes...that herts!
Take the exhaust loose at the manifold so the engine will hang a little, but first, loosen/remove the dist. cap.
The shifter has to come out first...or you can just unhook all of the linkages(take pics first!), and find some way to tie/hold the shifter up inside, so it's not hanging down in the way.
Drain the gear lube out first, if your trans has a drain plug.
Don't drop it on yer tootsies...that herts...
Once the trans is unbolted, you'll have to twist/turn it to get it back far enough to clear the bellhousing...btw...don't try to take the trans AND bellhousing out as one unit....you'll learn some new werds that Mama may not enjoy....
Be sure to have a jack or some other means of supporting the rear of the engine so it can be jacked up/down as needed.
And most improtantly,
Don't drop it on yer feets...that HERTS!!

HD clutch? Why? Trying to beef up yer leg muscles?
Unless yer runnin nitrous, a blower, or turbo, or otherwise have massive amounts of torque, I see no need to replace the clutch with anything other than a stock set-up. That's just me, tho. Other may have differing opinions....


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1/20/10 1:57pm - Reply: 'Clutch Replace'
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Thank you O-Mighty One, O-Master of Disaster. Shur glad ya said somethin about the toes, that's the first thing I was gonna do is slam the thang rite down on the ole pedal digits............ConfusedAngryCensoredCry. Seriously Bro I am glad I posted before I started. Prolly would of busted the cap, and I was thinkin about takin it off at the bell housing. I've pulled trannys before but been a while. The ole head-quarters is startin ta get a lil dusty.LOL

I'll keep ya on call doc.

 


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1/20/10 9:03pm - Reply: 'Clutch Replace'
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T, are yous haven tranny problems? I hopes you geter all fixed up before we have a getstogether. You know how it is when we do that kind of thing.LOL

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1/20/10 9:35pm - Reply: 'Clutch Replace'
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Ya gotta have pitty on them Lower Michigan guys.  Da fact is that they are not as smart as us "yoopers" !!  Hey dere to da michaganer in Grand Rapids!!!
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1/20/10 9:53pm - Reply: 'Clutch Replace'
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Whatch da piggys! and do put a jack under the motor. Once got a good deal on a CJ (Jeep) this way. had a nice plow the kid sellin the jeep said the clutch cable broke when he was plowin so I got him down to 300 bucks. Had brought a floor jack along with us to check it out. After we paid him we asked if he had a piece of 2x4.... he gave us a piece of firewood we jacked up the back of the trany popped the clutch pedal arm back into the ball on the frame, stuck the firewood between the cylinder head and the fire wall let the jack down....fired it up and put er in gear and drove it out of his driveway......should have seen his face......as I passed him I said CJ's aint got no Clutch cables son........

The shield protectin the trany also hold's the tranny in place the bolts had broken loose.....

I also would draw a picture of the linkage......darn rods never want to go back the same way...Ouch

Good Luck T
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1/20/10 10:16pm - Reply: 'Clutch Replace'
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[QUOTE=Redwingvette]T, are yous haven tranny problems? I hopes you geter all fixed up before we have a getstogether. You know how it is when we do that kind of thing.LOL[/QUOTE]

Ya know if I'm gonna be crusin with you there B, I gotta cover all me bases. I think it was when I was with ya last my dang clutch crapped out.Dead

Say ya to da Yooper. Ya got dat rite.






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1/20/10 10:55pm - Reply: 'Clutch Replace'
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You fellers up yonder shur do tawk funny...

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1/21/10 9:20pm - Reply: 'Clutch Replace'
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Trannys out. Goin to the shop tomorrow. Clutch is next. And I still got me pigs!!!Pig

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1/24/10 11:43pm - Reply: 'Clutch Replace'
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Terry, what Joel said is on the money. I've got a performance clutch in the '81 and got stuck in bumper to bumper traffic once on the freeway. After a while, it became a contest as to wether my leg would hold out or I would have to pull over and rest up, seriously ( but it's way too much for the wife to drive Thumbs Up Clap Wink). There is one company that offers major "grab" with a soft pedal. I think they are in both Jegs and Summit. They're aren't many that even mess with the vette sizes

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1/27/10 3:01pm - Reply: 'Clutch Replace'
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Well, it ain't like I didn't xpect it. Brought tranny in for inspection, end up with rebuild $$$$$$$Cry Shucks, Mickers tole me if I lived closer Joel would have rebuilt it for me for $49.95. Big smile

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1/27/10 4:34pm - Reply: 'Clutch Replace'
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You KNEW that was going to happen, Terry! Corvettes are the gift that keep on costing.Evil Smile
 
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1/27/10 9:42pm - Reply: 'Clutch Replace'
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[QUOTE=my7T1]Shucks, Mickers tole me if I lived closer Joel would have rebuilt it for me for $49.95. Big smile [/QUOTE]

For YOU, Terry, Ida done it for an even $50...cash only. But...don't tell nobody else...I gotta make some spendin money somehow, right?

Wha'd they say were rong wif it?


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1/27/10 9:56pm - Reply: 'Clutch Replace'
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syncros, idler gear, 3rd gear, and needle bearings. It wasn't goin into reverse good, and I was grinding 3rd gear quite a bit. 

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2/10/10 12:58pm - Reply: 'Clutch Replace'
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Well, Trans. is back in. Rebuild Trans, new clutch, linkage, boots, etc. Had it on the hoist and a customer was lookin her over and said you do know your leaking brake fluid...............AngryAngryAngryCensored
Its commin from the caliper. So new calipers, pads, rotors............
Jus never ends.CryCry This is puttin the hurt on me pocketbook.Angry



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2/10/10 2:45pm - Reply: 'Clutch Replace'
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Welcome to the wonderful world of owning a Corvette. Disapprove
 
Mother always said if you want to play you have to pay.Heart
 
Hope you have it all ready for Holland in May.  I know I won't have the 72 ready. OOO I have the 75 as backup.
 
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2/10/10 10:36pm - Reply: 'Clutch Replace'
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I'd say ya need to keep the dang customers OUT of the shop....

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