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[C1] Question on clutch return spring: under pedal

 
Old 03-14-2019, 01:52 PM
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I'm missing something here. The gorilla spring was easy to put on but the spring under the clutch pedal doesn't seem to attach anywhere. I may be missing a bracket. Any photos or advice? 59 navy
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There is no other spring I'm aware of on the 59.
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Sounds like somebody added something not neede.
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Originally Posted by Frankie the Fink View Post
Sounds like somebody added something not neede.
Or, if a previous owner had the clutch components modified, ie- longer push rod from the z bar underneath, for instance, if they were using a non stock type of clutch assembly, it could have been to keep the clutch pedal from sticking to the floor. I have heard some guys say theirs had done that, for whatever reason, maybe maladjusted. Just guessing.
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You also got me at " The Gorilla Spring was easy to get on"......Here we go!!! My Clutch Peddle stayed on the floor because the Over Center Spring (Gorilla) Bracket was adjusted too far forward (toward the front of the car)......In other words..."It went too far over center"....................

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There should only be two springs involved on the later C1s - the "gorilla spring" of course, along with the small "anti-rattle" spring down on the clutch adjustment rod... And, yes, the pedal slamming to the floor and not coming up is a mal-adjusted setup - nothing more... The "gorilla spring" provides "bi-stability"; to wit, it augments the driver's pedal efforts on the downstroke and upstroke...
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Thanks. Good clear advice. Also, Thanks to the member who suggested putting washers in that Gorilla spring. 59 navy
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Some use the washers but they are unnecessary....putting a crescent wrench on the bellcrank at the location shown and "rocking" the wrench forward will find the "sweet spot" and the big spring will go on easily....


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Larry, this is Jack. I've had three different clutches in my 60 so if you have any questions about the gorilla spring give me a call I've got lots of experience. I ended up disconnecting mine and using a small spring for the clutch pedal at the top. Works much smoother and more even give me a call if you want to talk.
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We'll have to disagree on that, good-naturedly. When I finally got my 61 clutch "dialed in" with all factory components it was every bit as smooth as my 63...
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We'll have to disagree on that, good-naturedly. When I finally got my 61 clutch "dialed in" with all factory components it was every bit as smooth as my 63...
it was fine.. I used it a long time that way but once I tried it with a bent finger diaphragm I didn't like the way the pressure increased going down and then decreased when you went farther down and got quicker as you came back up .
.Just a preference, makes the adjustment much simpler. it's a small area of adjustment so when you change the clutch adjustment sometimes you need to change the gorilla spring adjustment. It's just easier. It does make it slightly harder to hold the clutch down for long periods of time like traffic
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