FWIW I had a stiff clutch on the 68 last month,it felt like I was shifting the
GTO.When it finally went I found that the fexible line from the frame to the
had decided to gut itself into the slave and the pieces were catching on the
causing the binding.have you replaced that flexible line?That was my problem
know if it could be yours.Brad Fornal
Bryan Vandiver wrote:
> I'm just putting the finishing touches on my bugeye restoration project, and
> have run into some issues with the rear brakes, and clutch.
> I am using a rebuilt 7/8 inch dual master, that was bead-blasted, and honed. I
> cleaned out all the brake and clutch lines with carb cleaner, and then blew
> out with compressed air. Since I was upgrading to front disk brakes, I thought
> it would be best to upgrade the rear as well, so I pulled the brake backing
> plates off a '78 rb midget (as well as the parking brake linkages), and
> installed a new set of 3/4" brake cylinders. I am using my 'original' bearing
> hubs, and brake drums ( dated 7/58). once I installed everything, and bolted
> the wheels, I noticed a lot of binding on the rear wheels ( in fact, I could
> barely push the car out of the garage). After taking off both drums, they both
> appear to be contacting the later brake backing plates. I compared my early
> brake drums to later ones, and they have the same exact distance from the back
> lip of the drum to the mounting surface. Has anyone done this, or run into
> As for the clutch...
> This is the 'stiffest' clutch I have experience in any car, is that typical of
> I have a ribcase trans, but the new clutch slave cylinder is the 'early style'
> 7/8" (moss 180-655), to be compatible with my original clutch line and master.
> All other clutch components are '1275 type' including the slave cyl
> The 'new' clutch kit was part# COM710/kit from MiniMania.
> Besides being very tough to bleed, are these clutches really that hard to
> disengage? I can't imaging driving with this in traffic!
> BTW - I am using 'sythetic brake fluid' since I am using all new components,
> all lines were'flushed' first.
> Regards - Bryan Vandiver (San Jose, CA)