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  • Clutch / Torque Converter: 40 champ clutch linkage?

    While getting ready to install the engine and tranny into Betsy (40 Champion 4dr)I noticed the shaft for the clutch linkage was a bit worn but the hole in the frame was badly oblong so I welded a washer with the same ID to the frame in the original position to take up the slop. A CASO move that worked. The question is about the sleeve or union that connects the throw out bearing shaft to the clutch shaft. I've seen bolts, nails and tapered pins used on other projects. Can I use roll pins or should I use something soft that will shear instead of breaking other more expensive parts? Any suggestions will be appreciated. Hopefully she'll be on the road before summers end. Thanks

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    The factory used clevis pins using cotter pins to hold them in. I don't think roll pins will hold. Any event that might cause a serious shearing force on the pins will break so many other things you don't even want to think about it. The good news is you can get the pins at the hardware store but if you can't find them let me know. I might have an extra set in the parts pile.


    More pictures here:
    http://stude.vonadatech.com/wp/clutch/
    My frame hole was a bit worn as well but the shaft was worse. I replaced the shaft and it seems to be working so far. I bet very few owners took that cap off to lube the end of the clutch shaft.
    Nathan
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      Originally posted by nvonada View Post
      The factory used clevis pins using cotter pins to hold them in. I don't think roll pins will hold. Any event that might cause a serious shearing force on the pins will break so many other things you don't even want to think about it. The good news is you can get the pins at the hardware store but if you can't find them let me know. I might have an extra set in the parts pile.


      More pictures here:
      http://stude.vonadatech.com/wp/clutch/
      My frame hole was a bit worn as well but the shaft was worse. I replaced the shaft and it seems to be working so far. I bet very few owners took that cap off to lube the end of the clutch shaft.
      Nathan
      Thanks for the reply. My 2G model doesn't have the felt cap on the end but I'll come up with some thing or just put it on the Lube list come oil change time. My pins were hammered so I'll get some clevis pins at the local hardware store.
      Thanks again for your help.

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