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Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: May 11, 2019 05:32AM

We recently purchased a house down the street, to which we will eventually move (after renting for a few years). One asset is a nice big garage (not to be rented).

Well over a hundred years old, the garage has quite an interesting history, having served as a bakery and a fish market at different times.

Quite deep, with a 14 ft ceiling, the garage is just right for storing two Greenbriers, which have wandered in.

The loft has lots of storage space.

Plenty of room to do work (and a lift, but that's not going to happen).

Notice the 5 foot high foundation walls - the whole garage was elevated about 20 years ago. Ready to go is my homemade engine lift.

The first project will be to inspect and rebuild the clutch in the '61, which I will be posting about in this thread. In recent years, getting into first gear has become difficult, with lots of "bucking" as the clutch is released. Usually it takes a lot of engine revving to get it rolling; shifting into other gears is not a problem. Any suggestions about what the issue might be?
Steve

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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Date: May 11, 2019 08:02AM

I dig old buildings like this. Whats the story with the brick in the corner? You could probably squeeze a lift in there...

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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: May 11, 2019 08:25AM

Hearth and Chimney??

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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: toms73novass ()
Date: May 11, 2019 10:26AM

Great space! Lot more room than your old garage.

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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: May 11, 2019 10:31AM

Room for two lifts, and four posts will allow storage of four vehicles. Just go out to the Money Tree and get some!grinning smiley

Great garage!smileys with beer

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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: May 11, 2019 11:04AM

Yes, there was an old pellet burning stove in that back corner (the stone around the pillar is just decorative). Of questionable condition and I removed it - I also don't like flames near flammable, volatile liquids. The ducting now services my exhaust venting pipe. And yes, plenty of space for at least one lift. Unfortunately, funds are exhausted smiling smiley
Steve

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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: May 11, 2019 07:22PM

Watch Craigslist. I picked up my 4 post for $300. Just missed my favorite 4 post for $500 last year. I gave $1000 for my 2nd Forward 2 post but I really wanted a 2nd identical lift. I bought 2 lube lifts for $1800 but I needed the big size for Ultravans.

Joel
Northlake, TX
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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: May 12, 2019 04:32AM


Hmmm... Sounds like a "pre-owned" lift might be had for a reasonable cost. But for now, it'll have to be the 4-jack system.

One of these days I need to actually measure how high to lift in order to clear the engine; like usual I just eye-balled it again.


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Since I don't trust jack stands, especially when elevated near their limit, I avoid that situation. Each jack is elevated on wood blocks and the hydraulic jack is left in place but with the weight off. An additional stack of heavy wood blocks hopefully provides the failsafe to catch the vehicle should a jack fail and prevent tipping of the other jacks.

Overkill? Probably.

Steve

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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: rowin4 ()
Date: May 12, 2019 08:21AM

Great work space and lift is a must. As you get older it's not bad working on your back wrenching but getting back up is the difficult thing. A;so you have to watch the leaning doors ,boards and other items along the wall. It seems in my case they multiply quickly and your work space gets smaller and smaller.

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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: Kyle_in_Mich ()
Date: May 12, 2019 11:30AM

I like the loft for storage.

I could redo my garage completely I would go up, up, up and have a second floor for assembly and clean room activities (like engine building. The first floor can be all the dirty stuff. Only pain is would need duplicate tools for each floor to prevent walking back and forth all day!

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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: alan_smithee ()
Date: May 12, 2019 03:39PM

But what about that bucking out of first gear??

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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: May 12, 2019 04:16PM

The laying on the back is getting more stressful that's for sure! But then again, everything is getting to be more difficult.

Yes, what about the bucking - but it's as I try to get into 1st gear? By "bucking" I mean lot's of vibration as I try to engage the clutch. It's what I'd expect if the clutch disk wasn't engaging smoothly. Any suggestions about causes? Has anyone else had a similar problem?
Steve

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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: rowin4 ()
Date: May 12, 2019 06:37PM

Sometimes if the disc is oily or has started to fall apart will cause that. What about slipping in high gear?

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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: May 12, 2019 07:40PM

Nice garage Steve. I easily could see a 4 post lift in there.

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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: May 12, 2019 07:49PM

No problem shifting or driving once the vehicle is rolling. Problem is only when first getting the vehicle engaged in first gear.

Thanks Tim.
Steve

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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: May 13, 2019 07:22AM

How are your trans mounts????

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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: May 13, 2019 07:58AM

I believe the transmission mounts are old, and I'll be looking at them. I assume that worn mounts would allow too much movement of the powertrain front end which would cause the vibration I'm getting?
Steve

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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: May 13, 2019 08:57AM

Steve,
The condition of the trans mounts are critical. Warn mounts also effect the wheel alignment.
As for clearance to remove the powertrain. I have the vary portable, EZ Car Lift. It raises just 28 inches and that is far more than enough to remove the powertrain.

Corventure Dave

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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: rowin4 ()
Date: May 13, 2019 12:44PM

For the cost of those type jacks you could buy a 4 post or a 2 post.I still don't understand how that Greenbrier is balanced one 1 jack.

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Re: Old garage, new clutch
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: May 13, 2019 05:37PM

I guess that's what makes it so "EZ" - and expensive! You only need a jack on one side.
Steve

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