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Username Post: How to Remove The Clutch Fork        (Topic#196617)
Big Jacks Auto 
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08-17-08 04:27 AM - Post#1501184    


I have been in the process of trying to get my 4 speed clutch linkage adjusted properly
It appears that the end of one of the flat spring metal that is adjusted to the end of the fork has broken off
While I was move the fork around I think it ended up moving the other part of the flat spring clip outside of the throwout bearing slot.

It looks like the only way for me to get this back in place or to replace the clutch fork is to unscrew the fork pivot ball that is in the bell housing?
it looks like I will have to move the 4 speed back an inch or two to do that since the body of the 4speed slightly covers the allen headed ball stud mount.
Any other ways or tricks for getting the fork out
Will I run into any clutch aligment issues here

it is a 4speed muncie not sure what type of bell housing though

Where can I get another fork if I need one?
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Rick_L 
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08-17-08 05:42 AM - Post#1501214    
    In response to Big Jacks Auto

You either need to remove the clutch if you have a stock bellhousing which allows it to drop out the bottom. Or remove the bellhousing if you have a 360º bellhousing, like a later model or a scattershield type. Either way the transmission has to come out too.

 
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08-17-08 06:52 AM - Post#1501247    
    In response to Big Jacks Auto



DANCHUCK and Many others have them. You might look in parts for sale here too.
Part # Product Description Price Sale Select
000342 Clutch Fork: 1955-57 (price for each) $46.95



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raycow 
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08-17-08 09:10 AM - Post#1501316    
    In response to Big Jacks Auto

You can get just the spring and rivet if you want. I saw a link posted on one of the 50s-60s forums in just the last few days.

Ok, here's the link.
http://www.volvette.com/SH093D.html

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Big Jacks Auto 
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08-17-08 04:40 PM - Post#1501580    
    In response to raycow

thanks
that spring looks like what I need but it says that it fits 63 and up
not sure what year set up I have
It still looks like I can somehow get the fork out without pulling the transmission and bellhousing??
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55rustbucket 
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08-17-08 06:54 PM - Post#1501709    
    In response to Big Jacks Auto

you will have to drop the clutch if you have stock bellhousing. trust me. I learned the hardway after tryign and trying finally droped the clutch and got mien isntalled (forgot to put it in before i put the clutch in and the before i sat the motor in the car) kinda sucked
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Big Jacks Auto 
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08-18-08 09:57 AM - Post#1502143    
    In response to 55rustbucket

I guess you are right I tried and tried it does look like once the clip is lifter up and over the ball stud and the transmission is moved back a couple of inches to allow for the ball stud to be removed it still looks like it will come right out?
Probably easier to just pull it out
may give me an excuse to put in an automatic
but then again my left foot won't have anything to do.
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greg pharr 
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08-18-08 10:57 AM - Post#1502195    
    In response to Big Jacks Auto

Is this an absolutely necessary part? I know it's there for a reason, but once you get the fork in the throwout bearing, and you set it over the ball, can you not just adjust your linkage so it won't have enough play to go anywhere?
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Pauls56BelAir 
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08-18-08 01:01 PM - Post#1502276    
    In response to Big Jacks Auto

  • Quote:
may give me an excuse to put in an automatic
but then again my left foot won't have anything to do.




Or, you could upgrade to a TKO600! Careful, I seem to remember my upgrade starting out as a simple repair, then "why not upgrade it since it's all apart?".....

Seriously, I don't think the fork will come out with the pressure plate in the way.
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raycow 
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08-18-08 03:14 PM - Post#1502406    
    In response to Big Jacks Auto

  • 55150 Said:
that spring looks like what I need but it says that it fits 63 and up
not sure what year set up I have
It still looks like I can somehow get the fork out without pulling the transmission and bellhousing??


That's because the page is for a Corvette parts vendor and they only go back to C2.

You will have to bite the bullet and pull the transmission back at least 6-7". There is no way you are going to get the fork out as long as the T/O bearing is still on the transmission ahaft.

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