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smithymc
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« on: June 10, 2015, 07:48:33 AM »

Became aware when swapping from modern to the Beta yesterday, that the clutch bite is pretty near the top of the pedal. Driving it over the HGV brake tester onto the pit also made it think a bit.

I know there has been a lot of progress in this area (the plate in my Volvo was fine at 189k miles and only had to be changed due to fluid contamination) but my memory seems to suggest that 30-40k miles was the life of a clutch in the 1970s. The lime has now done nearly 25 thousand so I am thinking having one in the shelf may not be a bad idea.

Any idea on what to pay, brands to avoid etc?

Mark
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2015, 08:11:56 AM »

Have you checked the adjustment at the gearbox end? That can make quite a bit of difference. It's worth checking the run of the cable as well. This can seize in the cam operated by the pedal, shortening the cable and eventually breaking it (happened to me at a busy junction!).

The Beta clutch operation is a typical complicated RHD conversion, and probably works much better on LHD cars.

I think the plate should be good for 70K plus?

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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2015, 08:17:49 AM »

Thanks Neil. I' m judging my clutch life on the Fords ( and cheap clutches) I could afford then.

I did adjust it last summer and it has done no miles since. As I say, it may just be the perception of jumping from one car , which had a new clutch and flywheel last week( ouch!) and into the Beta to take it to my mates yard to get the tank off.

Mark
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2015, 08:55:13 AM »

Hi Mark

I am with Neil, even in the 70s if you did not slip the clutch too much then 70k would be possible (from memory). I cannot remember ever having to change one on any of my cars even the company ones (late 70/early 80s).

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