Myself and my mate changed my v6 clutch about 2 months ago, Its a complete git of a job and shouldnt be underestimated. My friend has a great workshop with a car lift, gantry beam engine hoist etc and loads of wierd and wondefull tools for going around corners and we used them all, and many times all at once. There is a lot of stuff to strip down and not a lot of space to do it.
On a sliding scale of a clutch change in an escort to solving world peace. its nigh on as difficult as world peace!
In short the gearbox has to come out. So everything on the right handside of the engine bay gets it. Clutch slave, majority of the wiring, gear linkages, air box pipework. splitting suspension and Driveshafts out, rear exhaust manifold, disconnect exhaust, remove starter motor ( which you struggle to actually see), mounting subframes etc. Then when you get it all apart and drop the box you have the inverted clutch to contend with which works by pulling the clutch rather than pushing it and your never quite sure you have engaged it right untill the box is all back in and you connect the clutch slave.Many have reassembled the car to find the clutch thrust bearing will not click into place or has jumped out and they cant get it back in again etc and have to retake out the box.
Ours went without major hitch but took two of us ( one experienced mechanic but not done a GTV) two days hard graft. Some bolts you just cant get to on your own. Your need someone above with atorch or to hold the bolt whislt you feed it in etc. It really is not to be underestimated and if you dont have good facilities and tools I would say spend the money and get it done by someone who knows the short cuts.
Its a mong of a job and I for one wont be doing it again and I am sure my friend will turn it away also. Autolusso looks cheap to me for the work involved.
I'd be driving there and having a cheeky few days away from the family next time.
I put in a 2.5V6 single mass flywheel and GTA clutch . Must say its a stunning difference. Only downside is that it can rev down as quick as it revs up so lazy changes can be a little jerky untill you get into it. As the difference say between 3rd and 4th is maybe 4500 to 3000rpm, but when changing gear the engine will quickly drop to tickover and not have the momentum of the duel mass. When your peddling it the difference is obvious straight away and makes it a much better car.
Last edited by john_C; 14-04-11 at 11:46.