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I'm gonna start by saying that this is not for my chevelle. It is for a friends '68 camaro that we're workin on, so if some of my terminology is wrong, dont kill me, i'm an automatic guy.

We're lookin to get a hydraulic throwout bearing (correct?), so that we can ditch all of the solid linkage.
Does anyone know of a place that would sell a whole kit for doing this? Like the fluid reservior, the line, the throwout thingy, and all the other stuff needed for the change?

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I think you are talking about a hydraulic clutch. You would replace the typical mechanical clutch linkage with a clutch master cylinder with lines routed to a clutch fork (which holds the throw out bearing) system that is hydraulically actuated. In other words you are replacing the mechanical linkage with a hydraulic "linkage".

Unless your friend has drastically altered the location of the engine in the chassis, I'm not sure why you want to make such a change. I don't know if any such kits are made but if they are I'd guess you could find nice systems through companies that sell street rod components.
 

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I think wilwood sells hydraulic clutch pedal kits for race cars. I think they are probably pretty expensive.

I believe that new camaros use hydraulic clutches. You might be able to find one cheap and get it to work.


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Summit and Jegs sell hydraulic throw-out bearings as well as hydraulic clutch units. Either way you go, you still would have to install a hydraulic master cylinder to activate the slave cylinder or throw-out bearing, which won't be easy if you have a brake power booster on the car. Usually you do something like this when you are involved in a complicated engine swap where you have little room to install a mechanical linkage. As suggested above, it is much easier to keep the existing linkage and probably would be more dependable in the long run than a hydraulic setup. If you go the hydraulic throw-out bearing route, you only need to rig up a hydraulic master cylinder activated by your clutch pedal, install the throw-out bearing, dispense with the clutch fork, z-bar, etc, and run a stainless steel flexible hydraulic line to the bearing and a bleeder line back out of the bell housing. Howe Racing Enterprises is one company that manufacturers hydraulic throw-out bearings, and that might be the place to start asking questions. Summit can probably give you the company's phone number.

Rod

[This message has been edited by Hotrod65SS (edited 09-24-2001).]
 
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