Rip Van Winkle's Clutch

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Rip Van Winkle's Clutch

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Post by Scrap » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:20 pm

About ready to wake up my 57 FL last used in 1979. Clutch would not release when kicking in gear. Plates are now sitting in brake cleaner. Should I replace with new? Will it fail prematurely from sitting so long?
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Re: Rip Van Winkle's Clutch

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Post by RUBONE » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:08 pm

Will it fail prematurely from sitting so long?
I am curious as to why you would think that?
Unless it was stored in a particularly nasty environment there is no reason it would fail prematurely other than the normal end of its working life. Hopefully it had the original riveted plates, otherwise that brake cleaner may kill the bonding adhesive!! Then it would fail, but for new reasons, not age!
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Post by Cotten » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:17 pm

Scrap!

Scuff them with coarse steel wool (don't breathe the asbestos), tighten any loose rivets, and you should be good to go.

The tanged spring plate needs the most scrutiny.

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Re: Rip Van Winkle's Clutch

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Post by Scrap » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:57 pm

RUBONE wrote:
Will it fail prematurely from sitting so long?
I am curious as to why you would think that?
Unless it was stored in a particularly nasty environment there is no reason it would fail prematurely other than the normal end of its working life. Hopefully it had the original riveted plates, otherwise that brake cleaner may kill the bonding adhesive!! Then it would fail, but for new reasons, not age!
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I think it cause i never left anything sitting that long without using it. (and let's not bring up my sex life). The plates are not riveted, so we can add my mind to things that have not been used in a long time.

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Re: Rip Van Winkle's Clutch

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Post by Scrap » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:58 pm

Cotten wrote:Scrap!

Scuff them with coarse steel wool (don't breathe the asbestos), tighten any loose rivets, and you should be good to go.

The tanged spring plate needs the most scrutiny.

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The plate or the springs?

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Post by Cotten » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:20 pm

Scrap wrote: The plate or the springs?
Everything and then some.

I'm lazy, and like walnut hulls at a hundred psi.

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Post by Scrap » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:56 pm

Cotten wrote:
Scrap wrote: The plate or the springs?
Everything and then some.

I'm lazy, and like walnut hulls at a hundred psi.

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I've heard the springs don't do much. Don't they make plates without them? Should I be concerned.

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Post by Cotten » Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:09 am

Scrap wrote: I've heard the springs don't do much. Don't they make plates without them? Should I be concerned.
Scrap!

I consider the spring plates to be highly desireable.
Even a tired one is better than none.

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Re: Rip Van Winkle's Clutch

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Post by Bigincher » Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:14 am

Scrap wrote:I've heard the springs don't do much. Don't they make plates without them? Should I be concerned.
Pardon me for interupting, but...... are you referring to the spring-loaded dampener balls at the notch in the outer edge of the steel disks? From my perspective-- just a reader on this thread, sorry-- it looks like you might not have it clear the 'spring plate' Cotten is referring to.....
Just sayin...

Or then again, maybe I've got it wrong...! :)

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Re: Rip Van Winkle's Clutch

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Post by jdpan » Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:23 am

I think he's referring to the outer half plate..
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Post by Cotten » Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:29 am

Absolutely.

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Re: Rip Van Winkle's Clutch

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Post by Scrap » Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:03 am

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Bigincher wrote:
Scrap wrote:I've heard the springs don't do much. Don't they make plates without them? Should I be concerned.
Pardon me for interupting, but...... are you referring to the spring-loaded dampener balls at the notch in the outer edge of the steel disks? From my perspective-- just a reader on this thread, sorry-- it looks like you might not have it clear the 'spring plate' Cotten is referring to.....
Just sayin...

Or then again, maybe I've got it wrong...! :)
Cotten wrote:Absolutely.

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I was referring to the spring loaded balls on the notches

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Re: Rip Van Winkle's Clutch

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Post by jdpan » Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:51 am

This is getting confusing.. lol Scrap's talking about the steel plates and Cotten's talking about the half plate, right??

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Re: Rip Van Winkle's Clutch

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Post by 58flh » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:51 pm

SCRAP!---After the cleanup ,You should have no trouble with your clutch!--ENJOY!---Richie 8)

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Re: Rip Van Winkle's Clutch

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Post by Bigincher » Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:26 pm

jdpan wrote:This is getting confusing.. lol Scrap's talking about the steel plates and Cotten's talking about the half plate, right??
Right...!! :wink:

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