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I was given a '75 that has sat for six years. After I get the brakes back together (having survived the tow from hell) I will need to free the clutch disc from the flywheel.

We had to drag the car to get the brake shoes free from the drums; the car is in neutral.

Other than simply trying repeatedly to start the car in gear (probably reverse, since the ratio is the lowest there), or removing the trans (a lot of work which I don't want to do just for a stuck disc) who has suggestions as to freeing up the disc?

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I've let cars sit for a long time, and I've never seen a clutch disc actually frozen to a flywheel. The clutch disc isn't ferrous, so it shouldn't stick; but if the master or slave cylinder doesn't work, the effect would be the same.

Mike

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Make sure the slave cylinder moves.

If starting in gear doesn't work, perhaps you can get to it by removing the sheet metal cover plate and snake one of those flat pry bars around behind the flywheel while someone depresses the pedal and lift the edge of the disk up slightly. That might loosen it enough to break it loose while starting in gear.

You actually want to start it in 4th (or 5th, if applicable) gear, that will give the most resistance to moving the car.

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It had a mechanical clutch, so no hydraulics issues to bother with. It would usually have to be sitting for a few months during winter when water was running in the storm gutter underneath it. It lived outdoors all the time.

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You can take a 2 x 4 and cut it long enough that you can push the pedal down and wedge it against the seat (so that the pedal stays pressed down) leave it for a day or so and then try to start the motor or roll car back and forth. This sometimes works.

HTH

Steve P. in NC

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Hook the car up to be towed(nylon tow strap) Put the car in gear 3rd or 4th of course confirm hydraulics are working. As your pulling the car depress the clutch and use the brakes lightly. If this doesn't free the clutch nothing will......W

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I've seen clutch disc's stick to flywheels before.... mainly in areas of high moisture content in the air or if the car is left outside (and water sits under the car) for years on end.

Had a MG midget once that the disc was frozen on so bad I had to remove the tranny to free it.

WH

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In the past I've freed sticking clutch discs by driving the car up a steep hill and when halfway up put in the clutch pedal.

If it doesn't break free then.... it won't and you'll have to remove the tranny.

Good luck!

WH

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