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Author Topic:   clutch linkage for 78-88 Monte Carlo???
ssaamm
Member
posted October 04, 2003 11:18 PM
How in the world do you guys make room for the clutch fork to travel? Mine is right under my right foot, I'd have to cut a major chunck out of the floor, The pedal and all the other linkage was painles. I started to look to the fork and I was like "Oh fork!"...lol...

I could cut about 1.5" off of it, but I'd still hit. should I cut a spot in the floorfor it to travel?

DEllison22X
Member
posted October 05, 2003 12:11 AM
I had to cut a decent sized hole in my floorboard for the fork there also. I just put sheetmetal over top of the hole and pop riveted it down.

Donnie

Whitelightning
Member
posted October 05, 2003 09:49 AM
i tought I had the same problem but I was able to push the clutch fork in one more notch and it cleared and worked fine. I am new to manaul trans and how it works but I have a saginaw with stock clutch fork and its like you can put the clutch fork in 3 different position, all the way out, push it in and it clicks and stops about 1/2 way, push again and it clicks and goes a little deeper, not sure if they all do but the middle click has cleared on my 84 & 87 Montes


Gene
Member
posted October 05, 2003 10:48 AM
Use a hyd throw out bearing. Howe has a good one for 150 bucks. Seems like a lot of money til you compare it with hours of fab work to run a fork that will bend just when you dont want it to.


wizzard
Member
posted October 05, 2003 10:55 AM
found this on ebay:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=33733&item=2435559816

fork has a big bend in it to clear the floor.



BK19
Member
posted October 05, 2003 01:15 PM
if your clutch fork wont clear the floor the motor is too far back or to the left i have never seen a clutch fork hit the floor i have seen having to cut a hole in the floor for the pull type slave cylinder though!the ydraulic throwout bearing is the only way to go if you get in a crash with the fork close to the floor you wont be able to push the clutch in or out! you can with the hyd throwout


ssaamm
Member
posted October 05, 2003 05:05 PM
I can't use a hyd. clutch, or t/o bearing. If anyone has any pictures of their clutch setup, or any picture of monte carlo, Cutlass, Regal, Grand Prix please send them to me, ANY, I like to see other peoples cars, and my kids like them too.
but any pictures that will help me with this clutch linkage install would be an awesome help.
Thanks in advance.


racer17j
Member
posted October 05, 2003 06:19 PM
why can't you run a hydrolic set up? look for a metric el camino in a junk yard they has some with 3 speeds in them


ssaamm
Member
posted October 05, 2003 06:25 PM
I'll check into the Elcamino, thanks.
I think they don't want us to use hyd. as cost reduction method, I think it was a decision quickly made by the officials that wasn't fully thought out. I have emailed an official for the track but I have never gotten a reply.


dirtrace54
Member
posted October 05, 2003 11:47 PM
If you can run a slave cylinder with your fork check into the option of running it on the passenger side. Seen it done before. You still have to mess with the floor but it wont be where you feet will be. Did see one guy use a clutch with a cable and four pulleys to pull the clutch fork, wasn't pretty and lil tough to push but he never had any probs. Hope this helps.


Flanndad
Member
posted October 06, 2003 06:31 AM
I also had to cut a hole in the floor for the clutch fork, it's far enough under the gas pedal that it doesn't mess with my feet at all.
Don't worry about it, just adjust the carb linkage so they don't hit.


robhbk24
Member
posted October 06, 2003 08:45 AM
check the early model sunbirds-they use a cable and the bellhousing off of the old 2.5 will work on a smallblock


Raz_900
Member
posted October 08, 2003 09:54 AM
I believe late model pickups use a master-slave hydraulic setup that might work too. Although, it puts the slave on the pass side below the starter. Depending on your track, it might not live long there.

Although... for the cost of a scrap yard bellhousing and pieces parts, the Howe hydraulic TO is cheaper. That's what we went with too.

DMS CEO
Member
posted October 08, 2003 02:18 PM
you have to get an offset fork and linkage from an early 80s van. and in about two hours of finding metal and fabbing youll have it and that is one less thing to fail if you get it right. JMO


DMS CEO
Member
posted October 08, 2003 02:18 PM
IM SORRY! CHEVY VAN.


ssaamm
Member
posted October 08, 2003 06:08 PM
ok, heres what I did... I bolted the motor to the trans - set them in - drew a line where the fork was going to be - pulled them back out - cut an area aroung where it was going to be and some extra (incase of torque sway or accident, and also to give my whole right foot a level platform. - took the peice I cut flipped it over (trimmed it up to fit)tacked it back down - then hooked up the linkage I made myself. And it works like a dream.
I don't have any one to help with money, so I had to make all of my clutch linkage (and pedal) after this weekend I'll get all the specs on it, type of materials needed, how long to cut, where to bend, and all that good jazz and make some kind of short how to article. if anyone is interested in it I will probably put it on www.ssautosport.com.


maniac motors
Member
posted October 08, 2003 07:28 PM
use the curved clutch fork.not sure what they came in i theink early camaros and vettes but no cutting of floor pan required. also for a real trick setup i used some gokart tie raods and 3/8 heims so i dont have to worry about the rod dropping out of the fork in a hard hit


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