63 Impala 3 speed std wont go into gear - Impala Tech
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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-28-2014, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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63 Impala 3 speed std wont go into gear

I was trying to get my 63 chevy impala out of storage today after being stored for about 18 months. When I pressed the clutch and attempted to put the car in 1st it would not go in, making a really bad grinding noise. I tried other gears with the same result. I topped up the transmission fluid but this made no difference.

Anyone out there ever have the same problem? Any ideas, could the clutch be stuck in the engaged position.

63 Impala, 230 cu in 6 cyl, 3 speed standard.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-28-2014, 10:50 PM
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The clutch disc is stuck to the flywheel (I believe). Might have to take things apart.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-29-2014, 08:12 AM
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Put it in 3rd gear then see if you can start it. Maybe the clutch will break loose but be prepared to stop it.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-29-2014, 12:01 PM
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If the disc has rusted to the fly wheel or pressure plate it is probably also swollen with moisture. Once you bust it free it won't last long in service (it will wear exceptionally rapidly). This is because the "organic" fibers have separated from the organic glue they use to bind them together. The organic fibers are actually asbestoses though they have changed the name to protect themselves from law suits. It is called organic because they rely upon Elsie's former husband Elmer to hold those fibers in a matrix, and it is the glue that the moisture is causing to fail and swell.

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