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RE: My clutch woes

To: "Rocky Frisco" <>, <>
Subject: RE: My clutch woes
From: "Dodd, Kelvin" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 10:34:56 -0700

Just a word of caution here.  I'm sure that you are aware of the
dangers, but someone pulling this up in a search on Mini may not be.

The Mini clutch system requires extremely accurate setup as it is easily
possible to overthrow the clutch even without lengthening the pushrod.
When this happens the crank is literally torn out of the engine block.
I've seen a case where the crank has snapped in half at the thrust
surface and flywheel housing cracked circumferentially in half.
Unbelievably the engine would still run as the crank would "dog" back
together when the clutch was released.   

Kelvin Dodd

> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On
> Of Rocky Frisco
> Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 10:20 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: My clutch woes
> This is an unorthodox fix, but I have used it a few times over the
> years I have repaired MGs and Minis: I weld a small bit of metal on
> end of the slave push-rod. This adds just enough extra push to
> the clutch. You have to make sure you still have clearance when the
> clutch is at rest so the release bearing is not spinning all the time,
> since this wears them out really quickly.
> -Rock
> --

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