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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 4th, 01, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Guys, my clutch recently got hard to disengage - so hard that it blew an o-ring in the slave cylinder on my hydraulic clutch setup. Ended up finally dropping the trans tonight - it's a T5.

Didn't know what to expect, but the throwout bearing was "loose" in the bell housing. It was not held in place by the clutch fork. http://users.ev1.net/~martyp/69Camar...s/image033.jpg

Turns out the retaining clip had broken off the fork. I suspect that this caused the throwout bearing to bind - does this make sense?
http://users.ev1.net/~martyp/69Camar...s/image029.jpg

Also noticed a crack in the bellhousing.
http://users.ev1.net/~martyp/69Camar...s/image035.jpg

What are the chances that the clutch is damaged? Is there anyway to inspect it? I've got half a mind to replace it for insurance, but I'd rather spend the money on some ET's or an XE268. What about the bell housing - is the crack repairable?


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 4th, 01, 08:33 PM
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It looks like the fingers on your pressure plate got pretty chewed up. I would replace it just to be carefull. If you are racing it at the track I think it is time for a scatter shield the bellhousing can be fixed but it is a good excuse to change it.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 5th, 01, 07:02 AM Thread Starter
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Oger, Thanks for replying - I need the help.

I took another pic closer up of the clutch because I didn't think it looked bad (but what do I know).
http://users.ev1.net/~martyp/69Camar...s/dcp02209.jpg

What should I be looking for here?

I would like to go ahead and replace the bellhousing with a Lakewood piece and don't mind the investment in the clutch as long as it fits into longer term plans. I'd like to change out the T5 for a beefier trans and possibly a T56 to get the extra overdrive at some point. Just not prepared right now to fork out the cash for the whole enchilada.

Is there a "upgrade path" where I can use the newly bought bellhousing and clutch later with another overdrive trans? If not, I'm considering buying a new fork and putting it back together as is.
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