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Old 12-19-2012, 09:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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clutch pushrod stuck?

On my 76 T140, I am ready to use the clutch hub extractor tool but it seems that the clutch pushrod is stuck - can't pull it out.
The clutch is totally slack now. shouldn't it just slide out easily ?
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This may or may not be the same problem you have. A small ridge of rust built up around the rod in the middle section causing the rod not to slide out. I attached a vice grip to the end and tapped out the rod. I sanded off the rust and it slid back in smoothly.
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Thanks triumpt120rv, I guess I'll try that. I don't see how any thing would get ruined by forcing it out.
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no luck with the vice grips and hammer- but I didn't wail on it.
seems like it's more than rust. I'll take the gearbox cover off and look at the bush on the other end.
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It's possible that the ks end is burred and it won't fit through the hole?
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Thanks DAVE M -it was a burred end. I pulled of the outer trans case and was able to withdraw the clutch push rod from that side. It would not pull out from the driveside as it would not pull through the bushing ( 57-3988)
Now I wonder if the bush should just freely sit on the pushrod or is it suppose to be tight in the mainshaft end?
I guess I can grind the mushroom end of the pushrod back to smooth easy enough but why did it get that way? I don't see any unusual wear on the clutch lever shaft.
Thanks for any help here.
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the bush should stay in the engine.

Maybe a PO didn't harden the end?

You neat to file it, and temper? it

I think it's heated till cherry red and quenched in oil? check!

I'd measure it first incase it's now too short. You can cut it and add a ball bearing in the middle to add length, or order a new one
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