Eric, it appears you may have a leaky master cylinder (clutch of course!).
I had the same symptoms on both a Volvo and an early model B. Rebuilding
the master cylinder did the trick in both cases. It usually is a good idea
to rebuild the slave cylinder at the same time as their wear rates should
be similar and after the rebuild, the master cylinder will be much stronger
than the slave cylinder.
> From: Eric Erickson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: Sticky First Gear
> Date: Monday, August 24, 1998 8:37 PM
> While I am in the writing (instead of simply reading) mood.
> Recently when sitting at traffic lights (in first gear, clutch in and
> foot on the brake) I released the brake and felt a definite creep
> forward - yes, on the flat. When I pulled the gear stick back into
> neutral (yes, clutch still in) there was a definite effort involved.
> Putting it back into first again this "grab" was not there... until next
> This is only happening after the vehicle has been driven for a number of
> miles and is running at normal operating temperature. I don't notice
> any other difficulties in shifting gears, nor do I notice any clutch
> "slip" while driving.
> Have I got a pressure plate telling me that it needs seeing to?
> Remember, this little yellow car is my "learning curve" LBC.
> 68 MGB