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Please try again.Please try again.Please try again later.In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Full content visible, double tap to read brief content. Register a free business account Please try your search again later.The parts in this clutch linkage kit do not have the GM casting numbers but will look, fit, and perform just like original. If you are doing a restoration of a 1957 Classic Chevy or just want the correct clutch linkage to finish that rod project, this linkage kit is the perfect part.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Please try again.Please try again.Please try again later.In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Register a free business account Please try your search again later.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Please try again later. Christopher Duncan 5.0 out of 5 stars Original linkage hard to find. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more. MOTORTREND.COM Welding tubing is more difficult than sheetmetal, so take your time. For aesthetic reasons, we also used a bench grinder to clean up the welds before painting. We then polished this end on the bench grinder using a Standard Abrasives convoluted wheel.

This bolt was left long enough to thread into the tubing adapter with a jam nut to lock it in place. If left undetected, this pin would eventually fail. By converting to spherical rod ends, we eliminated these wear points which tightens up the linkage. We also used nylon-locking nuts to prevent the bolts from loosening and falling off. The only downside to using these nuts is that they should not be repeatedly re-used since this degrades their locking performance. Spherical bearings are designed to accommodate a certain amount of misalignment without distress. We proved this by putting close to 30,000 miles on this linkage arrangement with no hint of problem. The other critical dimension is the height of the flywheel. Often, trick flywheels can be shorter which will change the relationship of the release arm to the pressure plate. All of this internal drama affects how well the clutch linkage operates. Often the linkage is blamed for a problem inside the bellhousing. If it shows any type of wear, replace it. A worn clutch ball can cause all kinds of linkage-related problems. The system uses a bellcrank that decreases effort through leverage. This lever ratio is determined by the combination of the pedal leverage and the length of the arms on the bellcrank, often called a Z-bar. While the system works well, the connections between the pedal, rods, and bellcrank all create friction and are subject to wear. After 100,000 miles, these friction points elongate the holes and wear out the pins, creating a sloppy linkage that will fail at the most inopportune moment. The easiest thing to do is just replace the worn linkage pieces with new ones. But we figured we could improve upon the stock system. The best way is to eliminate the friction points is by using spherical bearings or rod ends. These rod ends not only eliminate wear but also greatly reduce sloppiness and make for extremely smooth linkage operation.

The system we upgraded was designed around an early Chevelle, but the concept is exactly the same for a Camaro, Nova, or Impala. All these linkage rods use pins that fit through holes in the Z-bar and the clutch pedal. We found everything we needed to create these new pieces in the Art Morrison catalog. Morrison also offers threaded tubing adapters where one end slips into the tubing while the other offers either left- or right-handed threads to accept the male spherical rod end. Then we went to work. There are two rods used in the GM clutch linkage: one from the clutch pedal to the Z-bar, and one from the Z-bar to the throw-out bearing release arm. We measured both of these rods and cut the tubing to length, accommodating both the rod ends and the tubing adapters. The rod ends feature a relatively long male-threaded end, so the length of these rods are adjustable plus or minus 2 inches. To begin with, we adjusted the new spherical rods to duplicate the factory clutch rod lengths. Once the tubing was cut and preassembled to check for the proper length, we simply plugged in our 110-volt Daytona Mig to weld the tubing adapters to the steel tubing. The rod ends were then installed and the lock nuts tightened to prevent the tubing adapters from moving. However, if you wanted to build similar linkage pieces for other uses such as throttle linkage, engine limiters, or engine pulley adjusters, fitting one end with a lefthand thread and the other with righthand thread allows adjustment to the length without disconnecting the rod. March Pulleys offers an adjuster like this for its alternator mount that is very trick. Now you know how to build your own for a custom application. As an extra preventative measure, we also applied a small dab of blue Loctite to the threads. On our Chevelle, the rod from the clutch pedal to the Z-bar requires a slight bend to line up with the Z-bar that we did not apply to our custom tubing link.

Spherical bearings can handle a certain amount of misalignment without binding, and we were still able to bolt everything together without a problem. Ideally, if you have access to a tubing bender, you could duplicate the bend in the factory rod to compensate for the misalignment. The best part is when a hot rodder asks you where you got that trick clutch linkage.Can we turn a pile of parts into a whole car in one week? Can we turn a pile of parts into a whole car in one week. Please Click to see everything that in the kit. The rod passes through the firewall and connects your clutch pedal to the clutch zbar shaft assembly. This rod design also allows for 15 degrees of pivot to allow for frame flex for the off road or mudding trucks.The final cost of the order will be calculated at the checkout page.Please enable JavaScript in your web browser. Sep 9 - 14Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Please try again.Register a free business account Exclusive access to cleaning, safety, and health supplies. Create a free business account to purchase Please try your search again later.You can edit your question or post anyway.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Imported from USA. Kit Includes. Includes clutch fork adjusting push rod, threaded swivel block,Position. Includes a pairWe'd love to help you out. We will first identify the components involved, and then introduce the science of setting up a proper clutch release system. Flywheel The surface should be smooth and free of burned spots and surface cracks. Used flywheels can be resurfaced.

This should be done by grinding rather than lathe turning as less material is removed. The amount of material removed from the face can affect which clutch release bearing should be used. A flywheel should always be checked for runout on the engine it will be used on.It mounts on the flywheel. It consists of four main parts and is more correctly called a clutch cover assembly. These parts are the pressure plate itself, the springs (or spring, if a diaphragm type), the clutch cover, and the release arms. There are two basic designs of clutches usually referred to by the spring type. The coil spring type is also called a three-finger type, referring to the three release arms this style requires to compress the coil springs. It also requires the least amount of travel to release. The diaphragm type clutch works good in lightweight, low geared vehicles. A variation of the diaphragm type was used for a while by GM, that to some extent helped this problem. This was called the Hi-Cone diaphragm type and was designed so the spring - instead of being flat when released - still had a slight bevel. These Hi-Cone units were not bad but still won't hold like the Borg and Beck coil spring type. It should be noted that this is not typically a concern of the Jeep enthusiast as high RPM horsepower is not as much an interest as low-RPM torque. Note that when interchanging from one type to the other, you will require a different throwout bearing. The three-finger style requires a longer throwout vs.More on this later. The pressure plate, spring (or springs) and release arms are attached to the cover in such a manner that, when the release bearing pushes on the three arms or the diaphragm spring, it causes a leveraged action to take place. This counteracts the spring pressure and lifts the pressure plate off the clutch disc, releasing the clutch. The coil spring type requires about.040 to.050 total air gap when released.

Air gap is the clearance between the clutch disc, flywheel, and pressure plate with the clutch released. A total air gap of.050 will measure.025 between each side of the disc. It has a friction material riveted to each side of a wavy spring (called a marcel). This is attached to a splined hub that the transmission input gear protrudes into. These are organic and metallic. The organic is best for all around use. The metallic is preferred by some for severe duty applications but requires high spring pressures and is hard on the flywheel and pressure plate friction surfaces. Avoid solid hub clutches and clutches without marcel as they will always chatter when used in vehicles with a rear differential mounted on springs (as opposed to a transaxle design). Pilot Bushing A few applications still use an actual bearing and others use a needle roller type bearing, but by far, the most common type is bronze. You cannot use a roller bearing on a transmission shaft originally designed for a bronze bushing due to different type of heat treatment on the shafts. It pilots the end of the transmission input gear in the crankshaft. Pilot bushing bore runout should always be checked with a dial indicator and should be within.002 total. The bronze bushing type should be a press fit in the crankshaft bore. It must be installed carefully. It should have between.002 and.003 clearance on the transmission shaft when installed. The pilot bushing is only functional when the clutch is disengaged but it is a factor in input gear alignment at ALL times. The job of the pilot bushing is to support the end of the transmission input (main drive) gear in the crankshaft and it only acts as a bushing when the clutch is depressed. This pilot bushing should be a light drive fit into the crank bore. Care should be taken when installing any pilot bushing as they are soft and easily damaged by crude installation techniques. A damaged pilot bushing can bind on the input gear giving symptoms of clutch drag.

It is advisable to check the bore of the crank with a dial indicator before installing the pilot bushing (see below). If the bore runs out more than.003 total, the crank should be set up in a lathe and the bore trued up OR a special pilot bushing should be made that runs out the same amount as the crank bore. The run out in the bore of a pilot bushing is put 180 degrees off from the crank bore run out and the pilot bushing installed. If properly done, this can put the bore of the pilot bushing well within the.003 required. We have used this method to save engine disassembly many times. A disadvantage of this method shows up at pilot bushing replacement time as a special pilot bushing will have to be reproduced. Otherwise, expect the transmission to not line up with the pilot bushing. With the clutch disc aligned on the pilot bushing it becomes a simple matter when installing the transmission to engage the splines and bolt up the transmission. The transmission should slip in freely to mate up with the face of the bellhousing. Clutch Release Bearing They come on a number of different style carriers. The carriers, in some cases, vary considerably with the particular engine. Which to use usually depends on the style of pressure plate being used, but substituting one length for another can often be used to the installer's great advantage. This length issue is very critical and this will be covered in more detail later in this article. However, improper linkage adjustment or riding the clutch with your foot when driving can wear the bearing prematurely. This fact is important and will be discussed further when we get to the part about setting up the clutch linkage. Clutch Release Fork There are several different styles of release arm. The most common in automotive use is the fork type that pivots on a rocker. This type requires a rearward force to move the release bearing forward.

Note now that the following is key to your understanding of the clutch system: The ratio of the arm is the difference in length between the pivot point and the release bearing centerline divided by the length from the pivot point to where the linkage attaches. The ratio of the fork is important and will be used in the linkage setup section later in this article. Some late GM, Pinto, Jeep and a few others use a non-rocker arm. This style pivots on the passenger side of center and is direct acting. That is, it takes a forward movement of the linkage to move the release bearing forward. This is not as suitable as the rocker system as it usually complicates the linkage requirements. These are stamped steel and forged steel. The stamped steel type uses a flat steel retainer spring that is riveted to the fork. These forks must be used with mushroom-head type pivots. The forged steel forks must use the ball-head type pivot. (This is different than the ball-on-pedestal AMC type.) These forged forks are retained on the pivot by a spring-wire retainer that fits in a groove machined in the ball pocket in the fork. Release Arm Pivot There are basically two types. One pivots on a ball-ended stud that screws into the bellhousing. The other type is an actual bearing ball that sits in a pedestal type socket that is part of the bellhousing. GM, Ford, and early AMC use the screw-in type. Late AMC favors the ball type. More about this in the troubleshooting section. It is very important to use the correct style of pivot in relation to the type of arm being used. Transmission Front Bearing Retainer This first is as its name implies. The second is to provide a register on which the bellhousing must center to the transmission. This is feature is sometimes overlooked with expensive consequences. Thirdly, its tubular snout is the surface on which the throwout bearing rides on its way in to depress the springs of the pressure plate.

Conversions often require special and modified retainers to acheive compatibility. Bellhousing In some applications it also has a structural mounting function. Unfortunately, this is the most often overlooked and least understood part about the bellhousing. What they do not realize is, there can be a variation in the location of these holes and this variation can affect clutch and transmission life. How to check bellhousing alignment will be covered in its own section further on in this article. Clutch Linkage The linkags is the method of transferring the force of your left foot into the bellhousing and pressure plate release. The linkage can be mechanical, cable type or hydraulic. Note here that problems tend to show up because there are usually several choices of release arms and bearings for any particular family of engines. Choosing the wrong parts can get the linkage out of relationship and cause problems that can only be solved by removing the parts and starting over with other parts. The linkage cannot be made to compensate incorrect choice of release bearing or fork. Cable Style Linkage The transportation industry has tried cables with great success in motorcycles, good success in cars, but they had an unsustainable record in trucks, ranging from light to medium duty. They usually consist of a pushrod at the pedal, a bellcrank and an additional pushrod actuating the fork. Earlier systems use pullrods, bellcranks and cables in lieu of pushrods, effectively reversing the way the systems works. One drawback obvious to many off-roaders is the tendency of some of these to bind during frame and powertrain flex and differentiation. This design combines the piston and bearing into one unit, eliminating the pivot, fork (or release arm) and separate throwout bearing. They are innovative in design but have gained notoriety for leak failures. Hardened o-rings are usually the culprit, and this occurs as much from non-use (drying out) as overuse (abrasion wear).

Many individuals believe that it is the interaction of the hydraulic master and slave cylinders through which the force against the clutch pressure plate is multiplied. In fact, the actual multiplication of force occurs in two different areas of the clutch system. First it is in the leverage of the clutch pedal assembly. The master cylinder actuator being closer to the fulcrum of the pedal arm, distance is reduced and force is increased, through that great principle of physics with which all mechanically minded individuals are aware. Secondly, additional force is created through the leverage of the clutch release arm. In basic principle, this is the way clutches have been virtually since the inception of the automobile. This is very similar in principle as a good old mechanical linkage via pushrods, bellcranks or cables. Essentially no multiplication of force occurs within the hydraulic circuit itself as is common with other hydraulic systems like jacks, rams and presses. A master cylinder that is larger might yield a rather spectacularly blown out slave cylinder and a master cylinder that is smaller will yield a rather disappointing lack of travel for your left foot's efforts. There are occasions where this ratio can vary slightly from this, but rarely more than 15%. Thin firewalls and bellhousings without proper structural provisions for slave cylinders are the chief entanglements that hamper retrofit. Click here for more information. Then, with a suitable dial indicator, check the bore of the pilot bushing. Runout should not exceed.002 (two thousandths) of an inch. It may be several thousand miles before a clutch hub, pilot bushing, or transmission fails. If it is not, the pilot bushing is incorrect and a longer bushing must be installed, or in some cases, the bushing can be installed at less than full depth. Install the flywheel on the engine. Most engines use grade 8 (high-strength) bolts with a special low profile head to clear the disc hub.

Do not substitute regular bolts for these special bolts. If runout exists after resurfacing, the fault is either in the resurfacing job or there are burrs, dirt, or dings on the crankshaft or flywheel hub. Remember there is end play in the crankshaft bearings and this must be held in one direction when checking flywheel runout (or bellhousing face runout). Use a clutch aligning tool or the transmission itself. This is important as it will simplify transmission installation and prevent assembly damage.Things get kind of involved but it is very important. If you're retaining your mechanical linkage (in lieu of hydraulic) the release arm must be the same ratio as the arm that was originally in the Jeep for the linkage to work. Notice we said ratio, not length. Assume the release arm is the typical rocker type with its pivot between the release bearing and the linkage attach point and figure the ratio as follows. Also, measure the distance from the pivot point to where the linkage attaches.Unfortunately no such Chevy arm exists. What about the short arm. You could make it work on this particular vehicle by sacrificing some free play (at the release bearing) as well as air gap at the disc (full release condition). This particular short Chevy arm also has an end shape that is correct for the Jeep linkage we used as an example.A longer arm can be shortened and the end modified to accept the Jeep linkage.Trying to use an arm that is too long will result in problems that cannot be corrected with changes in linkage. The length of clutch release bearing has the most significant effect on the operation of a clutch of any other factor, and for decades, too many clutch projects have been plagued with set-up problems due to improper bearing lengths. The clutch release fork or clutch release arm are one and the same. Be advised that there can be no oil or grease on your hands, the flywheel or pressure plate friction surfaces, or on the clutch disc.

If there is, the clutch will grab (chatter) when being engaged. The clutch still needs some break-in and wear-down allowance. Disc Wear Allowance. This amount can be adjusted out in the release arm pushrod - though this method is too frequently used as a bandage in initial clutch setup to compensate for a poor choice of release bearing. This gap is maintained by the adjustment of the pushrod. If you love to run a tight, responsive clutch, this gap can be reduced, but understand that you may need to pay it some adjustment attention down the road. Now take a short scale and measure from the block’s flat, machined face to the straightedge. Record this measurement. Take a short scale and measure from the bellhousing’s flat, machined face to the land (the area where the throwout bearing rear edge stops) of the transmission’s front bearing retainer. This is the suggested overall length of your throwout bearing. Get a small flashlight, a telescoping magnet and a steel, 6” scale. Snap the scale onto the magnet and feed it into the bellhousing’s release fork window. Butt the scale against the land or shoulder of the transmission’s front bearing retainer. Peer into the window and read the measurement. Verify your bearing’s air gap visually and by a slight amount of free play when operating the fork. With the bearing, as provided by the clutch kit installed, a scale is inserted into the bellhousing window. We consulted the chart below, chose a longer bearing and were back on track with our project. Temporarily clip the short release bearing (or the Novak adjustable release bearing fully collapsed) onto the fork and then insert the transmission bearing retainer snout securely into the bellhousing bore. Install the bellhousing to the engine block. Move the release fork back and forth to obtain a linear travel measurement of the outer edge of the fork. Now, do your math. Divide that number by the leverage ratio of your release fork. Now subtract your air gap allowance.

The result is how much longer of a bearing you want over the one you just tested with. With the clutch disc and pressure plate installed and ready, and the transmission bolted to its bellhousing, insert the release fork in its proper orientation (if not fully symmetrical) into the bellhousing, over the transmission bearing retainer snout and then snap on the retention spring (if applicable) onto the bellhousing pivot (see adjacent image). Install the bellhousing to the engine block. Insert your scale into the port against the push-point of the arm without yet moving the arm. Read the scale and record your measurement against the datum point of the machined face of the port. Now, push the scale frontwards until the bearing stops against the pressure plate fingers. Record your measurement. Divide that measurement by a divisor of 2. Now subtract your air-gap allowance. The result is how much longer of a bearing you want over the one you just tested with. Some of these bearings are no longer available or are excessively priced. Read more about it here. Most auto parts stores only stock a couple of these release bearings and they may not be the best ones for your swap.At this point you should be able to move the release bearing back and forward with the fork. If this condition does not exists, do not install the assembly into the Jeep until it does. If not, you may need a different clutch release bearing or pivot or you may have the wrong fork. The inverse is, of course, true if you are going the other way. Install the remaining bellhousing and transmission bolts if these parts do not have to be removed again. With the engine mounted, the connection of the clutch linkage can proceed. This will keep friction to a minimum.On installations where the engine must be moved (such as pre-1971 CJ's) the clutch bracket that supports the frame end of the bellcrank must be relocated.

This must be to a location that will put the bellcrank at a right angle to the engine and level from side to side (parallel to the ground). This means they cannot angle more than about 35 to 40 degrees from either side of a right angle to the push (or pull) rod that they connect to.Check the air gap between the flywheel and the clutch disc with a feeler gage.Bellhousing Alignment The potential for transmission failure or premature wear is so great, due to misalignment at this point, that no engine should be assembled without being checked. The checking procedure is quite simple. Correcting misalignment is not so simple but must be done to insure normal service from the transmission. A dial indicator is required, as well as a suitable means to mount this instrument on the engine crankshaft. All bellhousing to block bolts should be in and tight. Mount the dial indicator on the crankshaft of the engine using a suitable magnetic base attachment or mechanical clamping means. The contact point of the indicator should be touching the bore of the bellhousing. The indicator must be mounted rigidly enough so it does not move on its mounting to prevent false readings. Rotate the engine by hand with the spark plugs removed and observe the reading on the dial. Keep adjusting the dial assembly until the needle moves the least amount per rotation. When you have acheived the least amount of needle movement throught he 360 degree sweep of the indicator, this is your runout. You can then determine the direction it is offset by the movement of the needle. Have an assistant rotate the engine crank with a wrench. A symptom of misalignment is unusual wear of the pilot bushing. The simplest way to correct misalignment is to try another bellhousing or bellhousings. Machining the bellhousing is the best cure but offset dowel pins are simpler. Shims between the block and bellhousing will also work if you have the patience to use this method.

Offset dowel pins are sometimes available from speed shops, parts houses and other specialty suppliers. For Reference It doesn't matter if the linkage is mechanical, cable, or hydraulic, it must be able to move the end of this arm with this pressure plate the above indicated amount in order to properly release the clutch disc. It is the ratio of the pressure plate that makes this difference. It does not have the necessary travel. In this particular Jeep both the operating and slave cylinders would have to be changed to get more travel. It won't release completely and the transmission grinds when shifted Replace master if excessive descrapancy Possibly damaged at installation or resulting from a misaligned bellhousing Refer to the bellhousing alignment procedure in the Novak guide The bolt heads are driving the disc The bolt heads are driving the disc The edge of the disc is interfering with the pressure plate assembly See the chart in the text The former is often preferable. Extreme cases may require both Avoid parts contamination upon reassembly Repair or change the linkage as required Often resultant of bellhousing misalignment Clearance should be.001 to.004 Image courtesy of McLeod Industries.