Dear League of Extraordinary Gentlemen –
I’m ready to mate up the gearbox with my newly rebuilt engine (XK120) but before doing so I’d like your ideas on how to improve upon the clutch linkage for reliability, if needed? Specifically with the throw-out bearing yoke (C9780) and the bell crank (C3261) on the end of the shaft. In reading over previous postings I know the original parts are prone to failure as the taper pins don’t go all the way through. Would it be wise to weld the yoke to the shaft as some others have suggested in the past? And with the bell crank would it be a good idea to turn a pin that goes all the way through the bell crank and not just halfway inside? Note that my car came to me with a Mk VII (and later) yoke and bell crank. I don’t know what kind of difference that makes but they are still in very serviceable condition though I did note the yoke taper pin had sheared in two upon removal. Also I will be using the stock Borg & Beck setup which has already been balanced with the refaced flywheel (0.040" was faced off). I really want to avoid any premature parts failures here as my back isn’t what it used to be.
As always any comments are welcome. Thanks.