My '72 P6 V8 is back in use on UK roads and once again wearing its silver on black 'K' plates!

cobraboy

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Mind you thinking about it, I've ridden a lot of horses that require a very light touch, and others that were bloody hard work.

So horses for courses !

My '65 Mustang with an original Ford 3 finger clutch was so heavy that if I got in a traffic jam my left leg would be trembling with the effort involved. My dear lady refused to drive it. The Rover is no problem.
It is possible that the enquirer has a mismatch of cylinder sizes leading to increased effort at the pedal.
 
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harveyp6

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Mind you thinking about it, I've ridden a lot of horses that require a very light touch, and others that were bloody hard work.
I've never ridden a horse and don't intend to start now. Far too unpredictable for me, and no brakes either. When I raced motorbikes people were always telling me how dangerous it was. That was nowhere near as dangerous as riding a horse in my opinion....


It is possible that the enquirer has a mismatch of cylinder sizes leading to increased effort at the pedal.
With any conversion that's a possibility, I've also had pressure plates that take a lot of effort to operate.
 

cobraboy

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I don't ride 'em now, I just blow up their noses, its far safer.

Yup the pressure plate can be the key. I know OEM Ford against Centreforce, (multifinger) is a world of difference.
The typical Borg and Beck offering for the Rover should be reasonably OK.
Perhaps someone might know the cylinder sizes. I cannot remember what I used now.

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What I meant was, the cylinder sizes for a P6 manual clutch master and an SD1 slave. I think I used a P6 manual master and a P6 manual slave, and this worked out OK. Perhaps the P6 and SD1 slave is the same ?
 
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mrtask

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Stumow in Clarkston, I'm afraid you're a bit too far away for us to be able to drive each others cars for comparison, I'm down in London.
I've not driven another manual V8 P6 so I've no idea how the clutch should feel. All I can say is mine doesn't feel heavy. I used an upright P6 master and an SD1 slave. I haven't driven many modern cars with a manual so I couldn't really say how my car compares. I recently drove a 2017 Opel Corsa and the pedal was about the same as my Rover. The gear selection had absolutely no feel, if anything it was sloppy, whereas with my LT77 you certainly feel every selection, especially when the gearbox oil is still cold.
 

cobraboy

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AFAIK they're the same bore size, but the pipe thread is different, and using the P6B slave with an LT77 needs a 1/4" thick spacer between the slave and the bellhousing.
I got caught out by that

H, you have to get out more. But we are all grateful for your encyclopedic knowledge.
 
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I tried to get him out for some unheated workshop japes tomorrow but he's busy.
Probably in front of the woodburner with his nose in a parts catalogue.

I don't ride 'em now, I just blow up their noses, its far safer.
Does the job require specially-ordered tiny sticks of dynamite or does one simply use off-the-shelf bangers?
 

cobraboy

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I tried to get him out for some unheated workshop japes tomorrow but he's busy.
Probably in front of the woodburner with his nose in a parts catalogue.



Does the job require specially-ordered tiny sticks of dynamite or does one simply use off-the-shelf bangers?
A gentle puff is all that is required.

H was only saying the other day how much he was looking forward to going out for breakfast with you..... Today at the local greasy spoon ?
 
Thanks Gents.
I suppose next question is - Anyone out their in Glasgow region with similar set up that I can come and visit and compare.
Set up being - 5 speed gearbox retro fitted to 1975 3500S - testing clutch movement/pressure ?
Thanks.
 
A gentle puff is all that is required.

H was only saying the other day how much he was looking forward to going out for breakfast with you..... Today at the local greasy spoon ?
Unfortunately not. I've actually failed to reach workshop pottering nirvana myself today, opting for some household loose-end tying. When l finished work this morning l was tired & it was perishin' cold guv'nor, so l let a few hours sleep take hold of me.
Reprehensible behaviour on my part. :confused:
 

mrtask

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Steering this thread back to matters pertaining to my car after that entertaining digression!
I hope this isn't too silly a question. I would like to know if it is possible to remove the rear overriders (one of the rubber buffers needs replacing) without first having to take the back bumper off the car?
Better yet, is it possible to swap out a rubber buffer without even removing the overrider?
 
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