I finally got the wiring (mostly) and plumbing done on my '61 TR-3A. After
bleeding the clutch and brake systems, I started the car last night (it's
still on jackstands in the garage). Two problems have surfaced:
1) When I engage the clutch and try to shift, I get lots of grinding from
the tranny and resistance at the shift lever. It feels as if the clutch is
not disengaging fully. If I pump the clutch a couple of times, I get smooth
shifts, but I have to pump about two of three times per shift. Do I just
need to bleed the clutch system again? I,m using DOT5 fluid. I have the
slave cylinder push rod adjusted almost all the way out. Is there a spec on
the actual travel distance of the clutch lever?
2) The red dash light won't go out. I checked voltage at the control box
'D' terminal, and got about 2.3 to 2.6 volts, regardless of RPM. I then
disconnected the 'D' lead at the generator and measured voltage there. I
got 4.1 to 5.8 volts, regardless of RPM. I suspect a bad generator. The
generator is a freshly rebuilt unit (two years ago, but I'm just now
beginning to run the engine) from one of the big three, but I guess it will
have to go back; just one more small bump in the road (sigh).
As usual, thanks for your collective wisdom and experience.