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Can’t operate clutch
#1434970 Tue Dec 28 2021 09:48 PM
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I’m ready to retire and will finally have time to drive the 50 1 ton I’ve had for 40 years. In fact I’m not sure what else I will have to do with myself! The only problem is my left hip is shot and I can’t handle the clutch. I’m thinking there must be a way to set up something that would allow hand operation. Someone else must have done this before. Does anyone have any experience or advise?


Mike

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Re: Can’t operate clutch
50GMC253 #1434981 Tue Dec 28 2021 10:46 PM
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Hip replacement! I highly recommend it.


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Re: Can’t operate clutch
50GMC253 #1434985 Tue Dec 28 2021 11:08 PM
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Hand controls have been in use by paraplegics since the 1930's or so, long before automatic transmissions came into general use. I've assisted in a few of those conversions. The trick is to get the leverage and control handle stroke correct to make it easy to operate the pedal smoothly.

There are also conversion adapters available to graft a Turbo 350 or other automatic trans to a stovebolt engine.
Jerry


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Re: Can’t operate clutch
50GMC253 #1434987 Tue Dec 28 2021 11:34 PM
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Why does it seem that the law of diminishing returns seems to override the dreaming we have planning for retirement? It’s either or both the physical body quickly goes by or time itself goes by faster than expected.

I am going to venture a guess that the dreams we have and the processes we go through to achieve them is the life rather than the end.

Last edited by tom moore; Wed Dec 29 2021 12:01 AM.
Re: Can’t operate clutch
50GMC253 #1434997 Wed Dec 29 2021 12:32 AM
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I’m wondering if converting to a hydraulic clutch would help you.


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Re: Can’t operate clutch
VEW #1435005 Wed Dec 29 2021 12:53 AM
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Originally Posted by VEW
I’m wondering if converting to a hydraulic clutch would help you.
A hydraulic conversion MAY help, but lighter pedal force would require a longer stroke.
Jerry's suggestion of a hand linkage would probably be easiest. Although a hip replacement like Martin suggested would require less labor on your part. wink

Back in school when I took my Model A to an away football game, I was stuck in traffic getting out of the parking lot. By the time I got clear of the traffic, I had "sewing machine" leg trying to operate the clutch, which had a harder pedal than usual.

Last edited by klhansen; Wed Dec 29 2021 01:13 AM.

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Re: Can’t operate clutch
VEW #1435017 Wed Dec 29 2021 01:43 AM
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Originally Posted by VEW
I’m wondering if converting to a hydraulic clutch would help you.

I don't recall what vehicle I was working on years ago, but it had a hydraulic clutch. The thing which amazed me was that it had a really strong pedal return spring. I am assuming that its design was to simulate the feel of a mechanical clutch.
With the spring removed, you could operate the clutch with your pinky toe. (Well, maybe a bit more than a pinky toe, but you get the idea.)
The question is, can a much weaker pedal return spring be utilized and still have the clutch function properly?

Re: Can’t operate clutch
50GMC253 #1435031 Wed Dec 29 2021 03:53 AM
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I broke my left ankle many years ago. I had a near new 54 Ford pickup. I made a hand operated clutch lever. It was pretty basic & simple. I clamped it to the steering column & used bolts & nuts for pivots.

George


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Re: Can’t operate clutch
50GMC253 #1435035 Wed Dec 29 2021 04:52 AM
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Heim joints and a piece of steel tubing hinged to the steering column, and another rod or tube attached with heim joints to the lever arm are the basics behind a hand clutch. It can even have fancy bends in it as long as the leverage is correct to allow hand pressure to overcome the return spring and the pressure plate springs. If it's built right, the clutch can still be operated with a foot.
Jerry


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Re: Can’t operate clutch
50GMC253 #1435063 Wed Dec 29 2021 03:31 PM
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What is your budget on the truck? A sure way to rest the left leg is to go automatic and old cast iron Powerglides that mate up to a Stovebolt are not hard to find. The rear engine mount on the bell housing would have to be tweaked. A 1T should have an open driveshaft at the rear end so no problem there or a 54 Hydramatic is set up for a torque tube back to the hanger bearing. Lots of options from budget to bust the bank.


Evan
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