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1937 clutch removal
#1360283 Thu May 14 2020 05:43 PM
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I have a 1937 216 trying to drop the clutch it won’t drop down out of the bell housing do I have to take it apart further has someone taken one of these before that could give me some information?

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Re: 1937 clutch removal
Quin #1360311 Thu May 14 2020 09:51 PM
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Shop Shark
If all the pressure plate bolts are removed, the pressure plate and clutch should drop out.
Chevrolet's 1938 Shop Manual
Steps 1, 2, 3
http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/shop/1938/38csm181.html

Re: 1937 clutch removal
Quin #1360400 Fri May 15 2020 01:19 PM
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Ok thanks I see I have to remove the retracting springs thanks

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Re: 1937 clutch removal
Quin #1360408 Fri May 15 2020 01:55 PM
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My pressure plate looks nothing like the one in that manual if I remove the spring bolts the whole thing is going spring into pieces and probably drop out but how would I compress it to reassemble while in the bell housing

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Re: 1937 clutch removal
Quin #1360419 Fri May 15 2020 03:07 PM
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Wrench Fetcher
If you check the '37 shop manual you will see that you need to remove the throwout sleeve from the fingers on the clutch cover. There are springs that attach it to the clutch levers.

That should give you the room you need to drop the clutch cover.

Do not take the clutch cover apart while it is still inside the bell housing.

Based on your pictures that is the correct '37 lever style clutch with the carbon throwout bearing. The cars adopted the diaphragm style clutch in 1939. I do not know when the trucks started using that design.

Each of us does our work in a way that fits our style. Unless it is a very unusual situation I typically take the extra time to remove the starter and bell housing when I do a clutch job. It really opens things up for access and visibility.


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Re: 1937 clutch removal
Quin #1360420 Fri May 15 2020 03:11 PM
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Master Gabster
You don't want to disassemble it. A lot of models you have to push the disc up into the top of the bell housing & drop the pressure plate out first. Its tough on the fingers but that's the way it goes.

George

Last edited by Wrenchbender Ret.; Fri May 15 2020 07:44 PM.

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Re: 1937 clutch removal
TBUChevy #1360421 Fri May 15 2020 04:03 PM
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The bolt for the bell housing are behind the fly wheel so the clutch needs to removed first I do not want to disassemble it while it the bell housing but I see no other way


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Re: 1937 clutch removal
Quin #1360424 Fri May 15 2020 04:36 PM
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Read what Wrenchbender said in his post above. Read it again and give it a try. He has been there and done it more than once.🛠


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Re: 1937 clutch removal
Quin #1360820 Mon May 18 2020 05:15 AM
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Wrench bender was correct I got it out thank you


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