Thanks for the info! Is there a website I could go to, to get step by step, detailed, instructions on adjusting my clutch properly? I have a basic understanding of how to do this, but "basic understanding" is not good enough for my car!!! This may sound dumb, but, how do I know if my transmission mounts are bad? (besides the obvious lol) Are there signs I should look for? Thanks again for all your help!!
Today as I was moving the car into the garage, something happened that almost made me cry!! I put it into gear, let out on the clutch slowly, gave it some gas, started to go, then the car just lost power. It felt like the car had an extra 1000 lbs put in the rear. It didn't want to move like it did before. The strange thing is it idles rough now, and lopes kind of like a Harley Davidson does. It won't stay running at all. I called a reputable shop, and was told that the tranny and/or the clutch was shot. As far as the popping and lope sound and it not wanting to stay running, he said to rebuild the carb. Its a 30 pict Solex, and does need rebuilding. Just kind of sucks that both would go out on the same day at the same time. Well, if I need a new transmission I might as well have all the mounts, clutch, cable, guide tube, and everything else that has anything to do with that section of the car, replaced. Thanks again for all your advice. I'll keep you posted.
Thanks again. I called my brother who just graduated from UTI (mechanics school) He got ahold of some aircooled mech's that he went to school with and they all came up with the same thing your telling me. For starters, I will replace the carb, rebuild the old one and keep for a spair. He's going to bring some of his freinds up to help me adjust the clutch properly and check for metal at the plugs. Thanks again for all your help. I'll let you know how everything goes. I tried to upload a pic of it, but the size is 1.16mb, so when I get a smaller pic, i'll send it.
I edited a pic of my car hopefuly to the correct size. This is my baby!!! It's in near mint condition. No rust on the floor, or anywhere on the body. Just a little surface rust under the paint in one spot. The paint is almost 10 yrs, but in great condition. 1 paint chip on the driver front fender, other than that, it's great. Most parts on it are original, except the front seats are from a corvette zr1, custom brackets welded on to use the original seat sliders with the car. That will get replaced as soon as I can find some good condition low back seats. I want to get it as close to original as possible. Minus the suspension, that I'll leave modified. Only becuase I like the stance and the ride is comfortable. (it was mod'ed the proper way)
I replaced the intake manifold and she started up perfectly. I read in the manual about the sag in the clutch cable guide tube and tried to get it within specs. I added a washer as it suggested, but man it doesn't look right. I then tightened the clutch cable to try to get rid of the pedal free play, but it didn't work. I still have a "floppy" clutch pedal, about 2 and a half inches before you can feel resistance. However, it did fix the shifting issues that I was having before. She goes into gear with such ease now, no clunking or grinding, and reverse is as smooth as with the factory shifter. What should I do about my pedal? Should I look into rebuilding the pedal assembly? I could try to tighten the clutch cable adjuster some more, but i'm affraid to tighten to much(theirs about an inch and a half of threads left on the end of the cable)
The PO told me he replaced the clutch, clutch cable and guide tube about 1 year ago. Looking at the tube I believe him. Its just as shiny as a new one and hard to flex as well. The cable and the clutch however, I don't know if I believe he changed it. The cable shows a good amount of wear at the threaded end. As far as the clutch, I can't realy tell. I can only see about an inch of thread left on the cable to be able to adjust. It almost reminds me of my clutch in my 69 bug just before it went out. I adjusted it all the way to the end of the threads on the cable, not even a week after that last adjustment, the clutch went out. I'll purchase a new cable, pull the pedal assembly and clean it, and see what happens next. What type of lube should I use for the cable, when putting it back through the channel?
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