Clutch Repairs: 2008 - 2009. Revised in 2012.
First the story:
On the way to the Australian Lancia Register Castlemaine Rally on Thursday 18th October 2007, 200 km from home just outside sunny Rosedale, the clutch broke. I’d stopped for a loo break and when I tried to start the car nothing happened. Thinking the starter motor might have jammed I pushed the car back and forward, tried again. It started but there was a horrible rattle and no clutch, bugger! Called the RACV, fours later the tow truck arrived, a further four hours and we were back home.
Crawling underneath removing the gearbox inspection plate and out fell a piece of broken spring! Called this fellow by the name of Andrew Cox, he had some spare clutches so we arranged to meet the next day. In the meantime I started to try and get the gearbox out. Around 11pm I called it quits, having already been up since 6am and driven 450 km. Up early next morning to meet Andrew 350 km away in Berwick, collected a box of bits and drove back home. Again around midnight I gave up, I couldn’t get the gearbox out. Next morning drove the Land Rover the 500 km to Castlemaine.
Two weeks later I moved from W Tree to Venus Bay, the Lancia travelled on a trailer. I took me until May 2008 to get the new workshop sorted and to start repairs. In the meantime I’d read lots, got copies of the instruction manuals and received much valuable advise from Andrew and Peter Renou.
Below is a pictorial story of the repairs...
In 2012 I replaced the bearing I’d fitted back in 2009!