Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Hornchurch, Essex
Hi All, bet you're dying to know what the outcome was huh? No, oh please yourselves. Turns out that everybody was right, including me!
The original builder had clearly put this together as a one-way street project: it will never need to come apart again, ever. Long story short, to remove the two bolts holing the gearbox tailstock silent block bar, I had to remove the entire interior. As it was clad in s/s sheeting, trans tunnel first and then every other panel overlapping... Time for re-trim now.
Anyway, the clutch. OMG! The release bearing was made largely of plastic, with thin steel contact plates riveted to the rear, which had rusted off. But despite the flimsy appearance, it had managed to eat through the diaphragm spring. Only 3 fingers still had any metal left to engage the bearing. So the original slave suffered hydraulic failure, but also due to over-extending. Because it was pressing on thin air. Ditto the replacement - not helped by the absence of the circlip. Never seen anything quite like it. I have a pic if anyone is interested. So the arm had not bent at all, it was simply that there was no spring left to resist the piston. Anyway thanks for all the comments, they did help and were much appreciated