79 clutch fork return spring ?

Discussion in 'Transmission & Driveline Topics' started by DW Holeshot, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. DW Holeshot

    DW Holeshot Member

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    Hi guys

    Ive only posted a couple times, but have been learning alot about my old bucket of bolts for about a year an a half on here.

    Im building a ground up pretty nice car, handling , driver in summer, and locals shows, maybe a track day or two

    It was roach when I got it and was missing the clutch fork return spring with the adjuster tightened up against the throw out bearing so it would not fall off :screwup:

    I just installed a new 383 and 5 speed, and want to stay with original Z bar linckage, and I have all new parts installed from NPD.

    I can make a return spring bracket if I have to, but can anyone tell me where the original fork return spring connects to the frame to keep it in a straight line pull. Seems Im missing the bracket the spring connects to.

    Anyone have a picture of this bracket bolted to the frame ?

    Thanks Dale Walker @

    Holeshot Performance, the motorcyle guy :bowtie:
     
  2. nonstopgo68

    nonstopgo68 Veteran Member

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    I just converted my 79Z to a 4 speed and had the same problem.

    I read on here that there is a hole on the subframe right next to the motor mount where it can go. Not sure if its supposed to go there cause I couldnt get it there. I wound up putting mine in a hole on the frame between the z-bar and upper control arm to keep it away form the stock exust manifold. Its kinda off to the side but it works. Im not home but if its still not resolved by tonight ill get some pics.
     
  3. Protour-Camaro

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    There is no bracket or straight line connection for the spring. It connects to the small hole on top of the driver side sub-frame. It will be at a slight angle, If you have the correct spring, it works like a charm.
     
  4. nonstopgo68

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    I have the spring ground -up sent me. Granted it may be wrong, but it didnt work.
     
  5. DW Holeshot

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    Ok thank you guys, I know this is a simple dumb qusetion. Im pretty sure the kit I have did come with the correct spring, its a real long one. Sure is Mickey Mouse how Chevy made it pull at such an angle to connect to the small hole in the sub frame. I just wanted to be sure I was not missing a bracket if it had one from the factory

    Thanks again

    Cheers Dale :cool:
     
  6. nonstopgo68

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    Did yours go to the hole by the mount?

    Mabey I did get the wrong spring .:mad: GROUND UP !!!!!!!!!!!

    lol
     
  7. earnhardtgm3

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  8. DW Holeshot

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    Hi again guys

    I just got to my shop and the car is up in the air. I did get the spring connected to the slotted hole in the sub frame near the top , but its quite a stretch. Im pretty sure its the proper spring or it would not have reached at all. Maybe they intended it to be like this, and this tight to be sure the pedal is fully pulled back and keep it off the throw out bearing.

    Thanks Earnhard , Ive seen that drawing, but none show or tell yah which hole to connect the darn thing to at the frame.

    I may make my own set of headers snaking around things to get more of a semi long tube type that still has some decent ground clearance for these lowered cars. As many of you know, and from what I read you have to run the super shorties with the Z bar linkage. I dont want to do that

    We make some pretty trick motorcyle headers and my brother in law Paul is a heck of a fab master.

    Trouble is making headers by hand in small numbers cost allot and would be pretty pricey.

    Thanks for the freindly advise

    Dale @ Holeshot
     
  9. nonstopgo68

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    Im using the stock manifolds
     
  10. Protour-Camaro

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    I can't say much for a new spring, but yes its a little snug installed, as it should be. You don't want that sucker falling off or not pulling the fork back to rest.
     

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