Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
5/30/13 10:11 a.m.

Originally, with time running short for our coming-out party at the Pinehurst Concours, we decided to just take off the engine ancillaries and bag up and paint around the engine. We changed our minds at the last minute and decided that the right way to do this job was to remove the engine and transmission from the car. This would not only make painting the engine compartment easier and allow for a more thorough job, but it would also give us a chance to properly pressure-wash the powertrain assembly before we reinstalled it in the car.

We could also put new gaskets and seals on the engine and transmission where needed and check the clutch assembly. We had already decided not to rebuild the engine, as again we did not have time before the concours. The car ran well before we dismantled it.

As it turns out, our clutch was like new. It was obvious that the clutch had been changed recently. The throw-out bearing and pilot bearings were also like new, so we left everything alone, put new seals in the transmission and bolted everything back together.

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