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Username Post: 1961 Impala clutch Assembly        (Topic#359821)
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Age: 43
Reg: 01-24-20
02-15-20 03:51 PM - Post#2786592    

Hello, Does anyone know what is needed to rebuild a clutch assembly for a 1961 impala? My clutch is squeaky as hell. I'm thinking about taking it out and cleaning it up. I just want to order the parts I will be needed to rebuild the assembly. Also is it pretty straight forward removing the clutch assembly? Thanks for your help!


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02-15-20 05:21 PM - Post#2786597    
    In response to emont3

Chapter 11 of the Shop Manual should have all the info you need.


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02-15-20 05:42 PM - Post#2786600    
    In response to japete92

You don't rebuild a clutch. You replace the disc and pressure plate.

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02-15-20 05:44 PM - Post#2786601    
    In response to Tri5man

  • Tri5man Said:
You don't rebuild a clutch. You replace the disc and pressure plate.

Correct, plus replace the throwout bearing.

Also, if your profile information was filled in to show your location, we might be able to recommend someone close to you to give you some advice and information.

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02-15-20 07:15 PM - Post#2786608    
    In response to emont3

Hello. In my experience, noises need to be diagnosed first. How does the clutch operate? Does it slip under load? Does it vibrate in use?
The Chevrolets of this era use linkage to activate the clutch mechanism.
It is very common to have dry, worn clutch linkage cause noises. The 1961 Chevy uses a large spring on the clutch pedal linkage under the dash. The linkage needs to be closely inspected for evidence of rust build up at each pivot point. This actually maybe the source of the noise. I am not saying that the clutch cover is not the problem, it is just more common to have the linkage be the cause of the noise. Jon

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02-15-20 09:13 PM - Post#2786619    
    In response to blkss64

The 1961 clutch pedal linkage is a one year only linkage (62, 63 & 64 are way different ) as was stated above, were the large pull back spring is under the dash attached to two connection parts - that could squeak.

The linkage is installed into & through the under dash brace with plastic sleeves ( 4 as I recall) . These sleeves could be worn out. Look/lay under the dash when someone pushes the clutch to test the sound - see if it’s from under the dash.

I hate the 61 under dash linkage when compared to 62 to 64 linkage which is a much better design.

There are no parts other than the 4 plastic sleeves to buy. None of the 1961 under dash clutch linkage is available anywhere.

Only used original linkage could be purchased as a complete set of pedals with all the linkage attached.
Almost all 1961 used pedal / linkage I see for sale “is not complete” - the sellers must be throwing away the big spring and connection pieces ( they claim the pedals are complete and they aren’t).

I have pictures of a complete under dash 1961 pedals, linkage and under dash brace.


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Age: 43
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02-16-20 04:25 PM - Post#2786678    
    In response to emont3

Thank you all for the tips. I really believe it's the spring in the clutch assembly that's making all the noise.


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