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    Default Bush mechanics

    First of all, yes, I know it's got nothing to do with CitroŽns.
    But then, it's got nothing to do with French cars anyway, and I don't participate in any Australian forums on bush mechanics, so I thought I'd ask here, since I only read the CitroŽn forum, and... it's Australian.

    Years ago, a good friend showed me a VHS of a Bush Mechanics episode where they fixed (among other things) a clutch in the middle of a desert with a piece of wood.
    I wanted to show it to some people, couldn't find it on the web, I asked her if she still had it, she threw it away in one of her countless house-movings.

    Now I'm thinking... maybe someone in Australia...

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    Fantastic series!
    Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone............

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    I'm in Pipalyatjara working right now, you should see the cars here! And the roads. And the wrecks. Found a tasty looking HQ 308 motor sitting in a wreck the other day at tip. That would make a D go!
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    You can fix a Citroen clutch with wood too.
    Many years ago (~40) the ID (first nose) stranded my Mum in Launceston, no clutch.
    The RACT man was very apologetic, but could do nothing.
    As it was a hot day Mum had bought each of us kids (I was in High School) an icy pole. My brother & I peered under the bonnet and noted that as the clutch was depressed the link between the clutch & the cable would pull off the cable. We jammed it in place with our icy pole sticks and that was good enough to get us home.

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    I broke the clutch cable on a 1963 Slough ID19 in the rooftop carpark of the Riccarton Mall in suburban Christchurch once. I managed to drive it home (about 35 km) and needed to start it in gear only three times. And one of those was because I stopped at a friend's place on the way home. It's not that hard to change gear without the clutch; truckies do it all the time with Roadranger boxes. After that I always kept a spare clutch cable in the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Wilkinson View Post
    I broke the clutch cable on a 1963 Slough ID19 in the rooftop carpark of the Riccarton Mall in suburban Christchurch once. I managed to drive it home (about 35 km) and needed to start it in gear only three times. And one of those was because I stopped at a friend's place on the way home. It's not that hard to change gear without the clutch; truckies do it all the time with Roadranger boxes. After that I always kept a spare clutch cable in the car.

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    I got to be quite good at that Roger as both my D Super 5 and my DS23ie 5 Speed were prone to consuming clutch cables. This is why I no longer have a D. I would only entertain another if it were either Auto or BVH. Or better still a really good early long stroker. Their clutch mechanism is much less troublesome! The RH drive translation of the clutch actuation principles employed in the later Ds were at best a cobbled up affair and certainly were under engineered! That bellcrank operating the throw out push rod is laughable!
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    Cheers Gerry

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    I've not heard of anyone re-engineering these - perhaps to an hydraulically slaved arrangement. Why?

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