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Clutch Job : Part 1

Well I spent a good 8 hours workin on the car today..with a little bit of help from my boss, we managed to get everything out of the way (save for a few rusted bolts) easily. The clutch would have been out of the car but the rod that holds the clutch fork lever in place is kinda seized to the bellhousing guard. A lot of WD40 (it didnt really work on this car at all..and I ran out of PB blaster on the first 3 bolts...funny how those 3 bolts came off no prob and the rest of them were a nightmare) and Im letting it soak overnight. Tomorrows list consists of getting the flywheel resurfaced, take more pics, and somehow get it all back together. I learned a few lessons today.

-Never work on a 944 without PB Blaster.

-If you get mad, walk away and calm down some. When you come back to it, approach the bolt with a big sledgehammer. It usually scares it and it loosens quite easily.

-Dam German Engineering.

-German cars keep it simple. 13mm, 17mm and 19mm bolts. And a lot of rust (dam north eastern cars).

-Never use a Hastings Oil filter. Its too small and the O-ring splits and leaks oil all down the side of your spotless motor, and all underneath the car (time to use a Mahle).

I will follow up tomorrow and let everyone know how it goes. Lots of pics as well (if someone can host them for me)
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Try to see if you can find some Sili-Kroil, it's made by Kano. It comes in an orange can. It's about $6.00 a can, but it works twice as good as PB and doe'nt stink as bad. I work offshore in the oilfield and I haven't seen anything it would not get off.
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Sounds like your clutch undertaking is moving right along. yeah, you're bound to have a few stubborn bolts that just do not want to budge along the way. PB Blaster is my best friend; it was the only thing that worked when I tore down my TR-6. Many bolts had been still for over 30 years at that point!

You're right about taking time to cool off after getting frustrated. I learned this the hard way when doing my oil cooler seals in front of my house last month.................and a Catholic Nuns' Convent is across the street
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well shes done....drives like a charm...had to refer to clarks garage a bit because the haynes manual was being too general. The clutch release is a little high, from me shimming the throwout bearing with all 3 shims (took up the slack in the pedal though) but its nothing to make a big deal about. All the vibration that was in the shifter before the clutch broke, is gone as well, which leads me to believe the disc was on its way out when i bought the car. Several large chunks of rubber were lodged in the pressure plate, and the disc, as you will see by the pics is pretty beaten...yet the clutch material was hardly worn and the flywheel surface was spotless...not one rise or fall in the entire surface.

Well I'm beat, and I'm about to head home from work and see how she does in the long run...
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also found out that my front lower control arms start with 951 instead of 944...does that mean I have 951 lower control arms?
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All the 85.5 and later control arms are 951 part numbers. You have stock ones. Mind you the 951 uses the same ones so Yes, you do have 951 control arms.
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ah thats cool...im reinstalling AOL on my other computer cuse it took a crap last night, in addition to me breaking my passengerside door handle off . I'll try to have pics up by tonight..
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