I have been anxiously awaiting the inaugural SoCalROC meet this Sunday for
some time; even polished my fire engine red '66 for the 1st time last week.
But, alas, the automotive gremlins have foiled my plans!
With the beautiful weather we've been having (SoCal), I decided to drive my
Roadster to work today: 32 miles one-way from Toluca Lake to La Mirada. I
was east-bound on the 134 when I experienced some sputtering. It has
happened before due to debris in the fuel filter. I decided to get off at
Forest Lawn to check it out and clean the filter. I pulled over, didn't
notice much gunk so decided to continue in hopes the problem would resolve
I cruised through Griffith Park, trying to get on the southbound 5. I was
in front of the Gene Autry Museum when I felt the car shuddering and the
clutch seemed to be slipping. I could not shift and finally yanked the
stick shift into neutral. The clutch had no resistance at all, and I was
hoping that maybe all I needed was more brake fluid and a bleeding. I
pushed the car into the Autry parking lot to check it out. I finally
resigned myself to the fact that I had a much BIGGER problem than could be
solved with a pair of vice grips and a screwdriver. Triple-A came and towed
me back home.
I'm still going on Sunday, sans the Roadster (sigh!). Since it look like
I'm facing a full clutch job, does anyone have any suggestions? A stock
clutch or aftermarket (if there are any!)? Heavy duty pressure plate?
Where would I get the parts? Any repair shops in the San Fernando Valley
anyone can recommend?
Arthur R. Rockwell
VP/Sales & Marketing