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    Series III Clutch Alignment tool

    Gurus,

    Not being lucky enough to own an old gearbox main shaft thing that I can turn into an alignment tool, can anyone advise if this tool is the correct specifications for a Series III 1972 2.25L petrol engine?

    Thanks

    Ian
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    I've got an input shaft you can borrow Ian

    Cheers,

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    Was going to make one, for my 77 S3, before getting an old input shaft.
    Supplied by member, couple of years ago.
    Alloy rod and lathe.

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    Over the year`s i have done many a clutch on many a breed of car including Series plus i think it was a Tdi D1 where i put a exceedy H/D clutch in that came with a plastic clutch aligning tool

    In the past when such thing`s where not the rage i would use a 1/2 " socket extension wrapped in electrical tape to fit the spigot and clutch plate snugly and eye it off after it always worked a treat .

    I can understand if some are wary of the unknown but it has worked when no tool was available
    cheers chris


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    Hi Chris,
    These days I like to get the correct tool. even if used once, 'can' make life so much easier.
    Torque nuts and bolts, new clips and pins, and locking tabs.
    On my Fantic Trials bike, I modified a puller, for the flywheel. And nearly butchered it trying to get it off. Correct puller $20 delivered to AU from UK.
    My Greeves Trials, dropped a old piston pin circlip, yes should have put a new one in. I had a few STD bore to 60 thou to just to get the grove out.
    But then guys like you come along, are able to do anything with a Hammer, fencing pliers, fencing wire and an adjustable spanner.
    What really funny is 15 mins ago my Daughters boyfriend, informed me the clutch kit I got him for his Subaru Forester had no alignment tool.
    My answer, as Chris said, tape and socket. 'Why' was the reply, when plastic tool $6 from Auto one !!!!

    whitehillbilly

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitehillbilly64 View Post
    Hi Chris,
    These days I like to get the correct tool. even if used once, 'can' make life so much easier.
    Torque nuts and bolts, new clips and pins, and locking tabs.
    On my Fantic Trials bike, I modified a puller, for the flywheel. And nearly butchered it trying to get it off. Correct puller $20 delivered to AU from UK.
    My Greeves Trials, dropped a old piston pin circlip, yes should have put a new one in. I had a few STD bore to 60 thou to just to get the grove out.
    But then guys like you come along, are able to do anything with a Hammer, fencing pliers, fencing wire and an adjustable spanner.
    What really funny is 15 mins ago my Daughters boyfriend, informed me the clutch kit I got him for his Subaru Forester had no alignment tool.
    My answer, as Chris said, tape and socket. 'Why' was the reply, when plastic tool $6 from Auto one !!!!

    whitehillbilly
    Wow wish i was a MacGyver handy at all sort`s of thing`s but sadly not .

    Im certainly not handy with fencing pliers or fencing wire & Hammer and a adjustable spanner
    cheers chris


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    A bit of dowel with electrical tape wrapped around it where needed to make the diameter larger is all that is needed.

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    Come on MacGyver, you know what I mean.
    Back to original post,
    Input shaft best, But,
    Machined tool or
    Socket and tape better, if nothing else,
    If replacing spigot bush, should it fit flush or sit a bit below flywheel ????
    My Genuine one is not as long as the two after market ones I have. ****, genuine one been soaking in oil for two months now. better get it out.
    Old plastic film canister, perfect for soaking spigot bush.
    Clutch kit came with new Bush, but little sachet of grease ????

    whitehillbilly

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    I've only ever used a socket with some tape if needed stuck on an extension.


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    Thanks for the replies, looks like if kicked off a bit of a debate! I'd love to be creative enough to make one, might have to chat up the engineers at work and see what they can teach me, so thanks for the measurements Whitebilly.

    Tim, appreciate the offer, I'll probably take you up on it. Inspired by your adventures I've taken the plunge and spent more this I should have at Turners, so it's engine out and first I'll start on the cylinder head and then the block. Fantastic result with your 88 mate, very impressive. Be in touch when it gets to clutch back on time!

    Failing that, tape and a socket sounds about my level!

    Speaking of Turners, slip of the keyboard, I ended up with 4 more exhaust valves than I needed, if anybody wants them I'm happy to let them go for what I paid, not including the shipping from England.

    Cheers Ian

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