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    Just asking because there have been instances of items being sold as Hill's when they aren't and of Hill's items being sold that have sat in stock for 15 odd years. When I buy Hill items I always buy directly from them and I've yet to have an issue with any of them. Just luck of the draw perhaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nosevi View Post
    Did you buy it direct from Hills or was it through another seller?
    No it was on the car. I have the receipt for it from the previous engine out at a very reputable indie. Was spotted on my engine out. Out of tolerance after 3 years and 9k miles. I even sent it to Hills so they could inspect it and comment. They couldnít have cared less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A348W View Post
    No it was on the car. I have the receipt for it from the previous engine out at a very reputable indie. Was spotted on my engine out. Out of tolerance after 3 years and 9k miles. I even sent it to Hills so they could inspect it and comment. They couldnít have cared less.
    Fair enough. Shame when people have that attitude.

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    New clutch parts started to turn up today! Thank god I work from home so can hide the evidence before the boss gets home!!!

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    Fitting the clutch and pressure plate was easy; only took 15 minutes. (Alignment took a must; thanks Jeff. I have done cars in the past without one, but with much smaller pressure plates etc)

    Where I can I like to get new bolts, washers and nuts. Generally fairly cheap to what you are fixing/ replacing.

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    Applied a dab of locktight to all the bolts; torqued to 13Nm in accordance with the manual, and not forgetting a dab of yellow on each once finished. Got to love a dab of yellow.

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    Now just awaiting the new clutch flange to turn up and I can get on with the other side so to speak.

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    All looking nice and shiny! :-)

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    A little more progress this afternoon, can’t be working all day!!

    Took the old flange off and pressed the new seal into the back of the new flange. That was fairly easy as I conveniently had a piece of oak the same width as the seal dia.

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    Not forgetting new o rings at the back *3 and new nuts.

    I couldn’t find a torque for these nuts anywhere so torqued them to a generic spec for the size to make sure they were all even. Oddly they tightened to about what I would have done by feel; but important I’m sure to get even pressure onto the o rings.

    (Flange came with little grub screws for the "spare" holes. No idea what that is about, doesn't look like its required for machining, anyway, popped those in before hand with a little locktite just to be sure.)

    Next was the new slave bearing. I little clutch fluid on the seals and shaft to help it on; and new springs and bolts and washers for the little retaining guide at the top.

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    All rather satisfying, if detrimental to the wallet!

    The triple seals next as I have new ones; then all back together. Hopefully get to that tonight.
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    All looking good, Adrian

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    nice work

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    Thanks all.

    Got a bit of spare time this afternoon, so back to it.

    Those triple seals are a pain. I used the hot water trick to make them a little more pliable. I put them in a plastic bag, then the bag into the water. The seals arenít rubber, I donít know what they are, but I didnít want to chance sone odd reaction putting them straight into water.

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    They slid on ok ish; my thumb nails took a bit of abuse; got to be an easier way?! Still you can see them in place but due to the material they donít spring back. I left them overnight hoping they would have a memory and shrink; which they didnít!!

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    A bit of reading up etc. I applied a bit of very gentle heat with a paint stripper to make them a little pliable, with a bit of fiddling the shaft slid back in! Odd things!

    Pumpkin back on and start motor back on which wasnít too bad.

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    Now to bleed the clutch. Fortunately the reservoir is huge and had been filled up to the brim at the last service. So we did this old school, daughter in car pumping the peddle and me working the clutch nipple till it ran without bubbles which didnít take long nor use much fluid.

    I then ran the car and tried the clutch and all worked! (Sounds rather angry with no muffler )

    Now for the exhaust, and new o rings.

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    That was ok if a little fiddly to get the exhaust level and centred.

    Off the axle stands and out for a test drive. Clutch is all good, brakes work (new rear pads), but I think one side is sticking a little, they were tight to fit so Iíll pop those out tomorrow and sort that.

    So, new cv boots on the drivers side, new rear brake dust seals, new rear brake pads, new clutch, clutch plate and clutch bearing! I think thatís enough now!!! Now to give her a great clean, take some pics and advertise her for sale.

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    Well done you - great feeling going for the first test drive and everything works :-)

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