Refit, Cross Thread & Busted

Had another go Wednesday evening  for the clutch cylinder re-fit and all appeared to be going well. With a copper mallet the slave unit was eased into the mounting hole on the bell housing. Then came the awkward bit of refitting the hydraulic pipe and its union to the slave. Being very conscious of the steel union and aluminum slave, it felt I had made sure the pipe and union went in squarely, finger tight. Then on with the spanner but as it got tighter the pipe still swiveled in its position, not good as I believed I had cross threaded the joint.

Getting the slave off was difficult as before. Using a lever iron to knock out the slave cylinder, it unfortunately slipped into the bore without me realising and after removal of the slave cylinder and inspection of the bore it revealed a nasty gouge that was unrepairable. And yes, I had also begun to strip the thread in the slave cylinder.

I remained restrained and put that one down to experience therefore will have to wait until funds are available to purchase a new slave unit and new clutch pipes and fixings.

2 Replies to “Refit, Cross Thread & Busted”

  1. Hi There,
    Fantastic blog. I love the patientce you have for getting things doen properly. I have been given the chance to buy a convertible corsair. It is in poor condition and I am trying to find out what a good condition one would fetch. In other words is it worth buying and doing up. I estimate spending 6-7k on the rebuild. It really is in poor condition!

  2. Hello David,

    it wouldn’t be a white Crayford with a maroon hood by any chance that came up on ebay a few months back? I wouldn’t really know the real value of such a car if it wasn’t in a serviceable state, it is worth what one is willing to pay. Hard top Corsairs that are in good condition, MOT’d a service history etc are on the market for £1500 to £4000+ but what they actually sell for is another thing. Going back to the Corsair Convertible seen recently on ebay that I mentioned, it looked rough, maybe all the parts are there, and very likely to swallow up 6-7k on a restoration especially if repairs are out sourced. That particular car the starting price was £1500, the auction ended with no bidders, if it was really wanted it would have gone, however, if it were my money (assuming I’d have it!!!) negotiable around the £500 range.

    Back in 2000, I met a chap from the Crayford Owners Club and was informed that there were only about 66 out of 100 convertibles remaining. Some would say that my Corsair has provenance due it’s previous owner and history as for it’s value I’ve no idea until it’s running and on the road. The Corsair is often an over-looked marque of the Ford range and therefore will be cheaper than the Cortina and Escorts of the period.

    Thanks for the compliments, it may look like I’m patient, but money and time are my issues with this project, thanks though.


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