With the new input shaft and support in the gearbox, I did a trial fit to the engine without the pressure plate and disk. I found no free end-play because a chamfer on the input shaft was interfering slightly with the pilot bushing. So a chamfer was added on the bushing ID to give clearance. Adding the disk and pressure plate showed insufficient release free play. I found there was some interference between the release bearing spring retainer and the case. A little bending, a little filing, all good. By 5:30, it was pretty much back together with the help of the GMT guys (JR, Josh and Andreas). Security wanted to lock up, so we left for the day.
|Ready to put it all back together|
I was in by myself the next morning to finish off the installation. Mainly wiring and check of all bolts. Now to see if the clutch works properly. It won't quite disengage enough with the desired free-play at the release bearing. The clutch pedal was hitting the front bulkhead only at the bottom (near the pivot). A bit of filing on the pedal gave enough extra travel to get the clutch to release fully. I will have to take a look at this in the future. I think I need an offset key to move the starting position back. All done.
Wednesday was my only tourist day as I knew we probably would have to change garages on Thursday. First stop was the Hakarimata Scenic Reserve in Ngaruawahia, halfway between Huntly and Hamilton. Just a quick hike up to the old dam on the Waterworks Walk.
|On the Waterworks Walk||The 1922 dam was almost completely silted up|
|Small waterfall along the trail|
|Welcome to Hobbiton!||A Hobbit hole|
|And another||Flowers in the garden|
|There are 44 Hobbit holes||Complete with washing on the line|
|Minimal inside||Overlooking Hobbiton|
|The tree over Bilbo Baggins' hole||Bilbo Baggins' Hobbit hole|
Next stop was the Bridal Veil Falls near Makomako. A short hike at the top of the 55 metre falls, followed by 261 stairs to the bottom. The wind was moving the impact point around a lot.
|View from mid way||Bottom of falls with wind|
|1902 Pelton water wheel|
|Dark beach sand in Raglan||Waka Ama|
|Surfers going down to the beach||Parasailers using the cliffs|
|Above Ngarunui Beach||Surf class in bottom right|
|Manu Bay||You have to work before you play at Manu Bay|
|Surfing at Manu Bay|
|Whale Bay break||Scooter with board holder|