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No CLUTCH Return Spring?
Posted by: 4speedoverdrive ()
Date: September 13, 2020 11:10AM

I have another thread going on the broken clutch cable, but I need an answer before I button everything up. The clutch cable broke and I replaced it. In the kit sent by Clarks was a clutch return spring. When I took the car apart there was no spring on the car. I thought maybe when the clutch cable broke it threw it off. I'm putting the car back to together and I cannot figure out where to attach the spring. One end goes in the hole in the shaft assembly, it looks like in the service manual (66 supplement) the other end attaches to a bracket on the rear strut rod. S. Emerson responded on that earlier about the location and how to make the attachment point. I'm pretty sure my car (66 Corsa Convertible) did not have a spring, the hole that the spring would go into on the shaft assembly was full of crap. So now my question is: do some of these cars come without a spring? Can you run them without a spring, will it hurt anything? I tried the clutch and it seems to work ok and has the same resistance (force to press) that it had before the cable break. Sorry for the dumb questions

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/13/2020 11:49AM by MattNall.

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Re: No Break Return Spring
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: September 13, 2020 11:15AM

All cars had a clutch (not break or brake) return spring.

On a '66 there should be a triangular tab on one of the right strut-rod bracket bolts. The spring goes from the tab to a small hole in the Z-bar.

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Re: No CLUTCH Return Spring?
Posted by: RexJohnson ()
Date: September 13, 2020 01:55PM

If you can't find one of those triangled tabs, the earlier cars used a bolt with a knob on it to attach the spring. The bolt was used to hold the side adjuster lock on the diff which is right above Craig's red circle.

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Re: No CLUTCH Return Spring?
Posted by: 4speedoverdrive ()
Date: September 13, 2020 02:18PM

Thanks for the info, I just fashioned a tab using a piece of metal stock that I drilled a couple of holes. Got the spring installed. It will be the first time in three years that I have owned the car that it will have a functioning clutch spring. I guess that is one of the joys of owning an older car that has gone through several hands. I was also looking to replace the bushings on the shift rod, but when I started looking at it. The bushings have been glued in with adhesive. It looks like a major job trying to get the old bushings out without screwing up the sleeve.

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Re: No CLUTCH Return Spring?
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: September 13, 2020 03:01PM

Bruce check your PMs

best wishes, Steve
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