The contents of your M/C doesn't sound like dirt to me. The black sludge
you're referring to is your master cylinder seals, which sound like they were
exposed to DOT 3 brake fluid. DOT 3 will break down the natural rubber seals
used in Spitfires.
But that's just a guess.
Removing the trans cover is very straightforward and no, you do not need to
remove the gearshift. Maybe the knob if you have a rubber boot under the
carpet. Just remove the carpet, unscrew the securing tabs around the cover,
and lift out.
Jeff McNeal (San Diego)
'68 Spitfire Mk3 frame off, bare metal project, aka "Mrs. Jones"
'70 GT6+ "Accidental", eventual restoration project
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----- Original Message -----
From: Dave Willner
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2002 5:25 PM
Subject: Spit slave cylinder access question?
I found a trail of brake fluid tonight from the Spit starting directly
the slave cylinder, the resevoir was almost empty, and the pedal went right
the floor. The inside of the master cyclinder had a good bit of nasty black
sludge-like stuff at the bottom, just 23 year old fluid and dirt I guess?
going to remove and clean everything our real well and get a rebuild kit
the slave, if indeed that's the problem.
My question has to do with access. I'm assuming that I need to remove the
trans tunnel to remove the slave? Being a new Spit owner and having never
this, are there any good tips, or precautions I need to follow for removing
the tunnel, or is it fairly straightforward job? Does the gearshift lever
assembly need to come off or not?
Thanks for the help.
59 TR3A Apple Green
80 Spitfire Carmine Red
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