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Triumph TR6 - Clutch Not engaging

Greetings. My 1974 TR6 has been sitting for a couple of years...had it out three years ago driving. Just rebuilt the carbs as everything was leaking and when I finally got car running (it is up on blocks) I had a bit of a challenge getting it into gear, and then when it went in to gear, the rear wheels would turn momentarily then when the clutch pedal was all the way out there is no movement in the rear wheels at all. I am on a bit of a learning cliff with these cars as I have basically just started restoring. Any thoughts? Tks is advance, Bill
WC Swales

What you are describing is sort of the opposite to what one might expect. If a clutch has been sitting engaged for a period of time, one might expect it to perhaps refuse to disengage. Here, you seem to be experiencing it disengaging and staying disengaged. What are you feeling on the clutch pedal when you press it in?


Tony
A. J. Koschinsky

What I think is the pin is fubar
DNK Don Kelly

The car is currently up on blocks. When I started it to check the carb rebuild for leaks, I started it out of gear with my foot down on the clutch....a habit from my Subaru. Once it was running (and no leaks!) I put my foot down on the clutch....it wasn't particularly stiff but it wasn't loose either...and put it into first...this seemed stiff to get it into gear but it went in. When I released the clutch, it was light pressure all the way back but no sensation of the engine starting to engage...at the full release of the clutch the rear wheels spun maybe ten times...like someone had spun them by hand almost...and then seemed to free wheel to a stop with the clutch now all the way out. If I pushed clutch in and released again, I would get the brief spin of the tire and that was it again...and occurred in all gears. I climbed under and looked at the slave cylinder and there was about 1 cm of travel...and interestingly I could manually pull the slave cylinder shaft out another 1.5 cm by hand...and at that point the clutch lost all back pressure at the pedal. I then pushed shaft back in and it returned to original situation.

Bill
WC Swales

It could be that the release bearing is frozen on the transmission input shaft. If it moves a bit some exercise might loosen it up. Otherwise, this could be the start of a lovely frame off restoration.

Tony
A. J. Koschinsky

So, the follow up....lifted the car off the jacks and rocked it back and forth a bit from forward to reverse, and suddenly...pop...the clutch was engaged and away we went. A little exercise against resistance....good for the heart and for the clutch in a 1974 TR6! I appreciate the input of the learned folks on this board...it is likely not the last appeal I make for wiser men then I to comment on a problem...thanks.

Bill
WC Swales

Grate to hear Bill

What part of Ontario are you in?
Michael Petryschuk

This thread was discussed between 11/11/2013 and 17/11/2013

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