One of the most challenging aspects of swapping drivetrains in a street rod or vintage car can be figuring out the clutch linkage for your manual transmission. One way to simplify things is to use a hydraulic clutch release bearing. This eliminates the need for complicated mechanical linkage, as the bearing operates on hydraulic pressure developed by a master cylinder. After fabricating a mount for the master cylinder, all you need to do is route hydraulic lines to the release bearing.
Using products from Speedway Motors, we’re going to give you a better idea of how to set up a hydraulic release bearing on a GM transmission. Speedway’s vast street rod catalog features all kinds of problem-solving street rod parts, including the Howe hydraulic release bearing, Wilwood master cylinder, and braided stainless lines used in this installation.
To make things even easier, we’re using Speedway’s set-up tool for hydraulic release bearings – part number 913-81090. This innovative tool eliminates the guesswork in setting the clearance on the bearing, which is one of the most vital steps in installing this style of bearing.