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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-30-2018, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Correct clutch woes.

When I got my '63 Belair, 230 L6, 3 speed manual, the release bearing and drive shaft bearing were noisy. I figured if I was pulling it apart, why not change the clutch too?
Well, this is where things go downhill fast.
Ordered a clutch kit from Rock Auto. That turned out to be a mistake. This is when I learned there were long and short release bearings. And the clutch kit they sent had the short throwout bearing. My original is the long style. And their clutch was the wrong diameter.
Now I'm trying to find the right clutch, but the only kit I can find that specifies long bearing style is from Ecklers. I dont want a high performance high dollar clutch. I just want a smooth easy to drive car.
Has anyone had similar problems? What did you do to fix it?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-30-2018, 08:33 AM
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On a Clutch like the one you are looking for, I always buy local. I would recommend to buy one from a "Real" parts store. Just ask for an original replacement and buy a good brand name.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-30-2018, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Advanced Auto advertises a kit and if it's wrong, I can bring it back. Good idea.
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Sixes use a different fly wheel, pressure plate and clutch disc that those used on V8's. They share the same clutch disc size of ten and a half inches, but that is about it. You can bolt a std V8 neutral balance fly wheel on your L6 crank and use common V8 parts on your 230 six banger. It will then be available for a later V8 upgrade.

The earlier 235 six was very different. Different flywheel, bell housing and transmission mounting, The 235 didn't have side motor mounts and bolted in with four instead of three mounts: two up front, and two on the bell housing. Modern cars use two in the middle of the engine and one on the end of the tranny.

Wonder if someone installed an earlier motor in your '63 as the new engine didn't get installed until 1962 so there were a lot of stove bolts in the bone yard if the original motor blew up it could have been retro fitted with the older engine.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-05-2018, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Big Dave.
That's a good point, but I remember there only being the 2 regular motor mounts just forward of center on the engine and the trans mount only on the tail housing to cross member. I think I just got an incorrect clutch from Rock Auto.
Lesson learned.
I'm ordering a Carquest kit from AA so it will be easy to return if wrong.
I'm also getting the flywheel resurfaced this time too.
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Big Dave.
That's a good point, but I remember there only being the 2 regular motor mounts just forward of center on the engine and the trans mount only on the tail housing to cross member. I think I just got an incorrect clutch from Rock Auto.
Lesson learned.
I'm ordering a Carquest kit from AA so it will be easy to return if wrong.
I'm also getting the flywheel resurfaced this time too.

Sounds like you have made up your mind, but here's an alternative:

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/h...ir?prefilter=1

Summit has been excellent with my purchases and returns. One thing I learned was to get the vendor to tell me which part was right (as I did the best I could to verify). That helps if it is wrong.

Just an alternative.

You may find info on the OEM clutch assembly here:

https://www.gmheritagecenter.com/doc...-Chevrolet.pdf

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