Clutch replacement for GQ Diesel

Submitted: Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 09:28
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Hi Guys
Could on the experts on this forum please point me in the right directions as to where I could get my clutch done for my 1988 GQ Patrol (Diesel), and how much I will be looking at paying. I am not after anything heavy duty.
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Reply By: mcboom - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 09:30

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 09:30
I am in Melboure (South East) by the way....
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 11:15

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 11:15
Try
Alan Outback Accessories in Seaford..
ARB Sthn, but wont be cheap.
Colin at Brawn4x4 in Dande.
Sandy Bowman Aust 4wd Specialists Bayswater Very good GQ man.
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Follow Up By: Mick - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 16:22

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 16:22
Hey truckster, are you after some vent parts for your truck?
The passenger vent is hard to find, as all the ones weve wrecked have them missing or broken, but the plastic pipes for the air we have plenty, and you can have them for free, you just have to work out how to get them to you.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 20:26

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 20:26
Post? I'll pay COD if you like.
let me no
0400 425 296.

Hows Pete doing, havent talked to him in yonks.
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Reply By: ross - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 12:14

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 12:14
Expect about 6 hours labour @ $50.00 and about $300.00 for a kit so all up somewhere between $600-$700.You can save money sometimes by buying your own parts and shopping around for the lowest fixed labout quote. I always get on the phone and ring around to brake and clutch specialists rather than mechanics.These guys do it all day and are usually more efficient and can obtain parts cheaper. Taking specialist items to the relevant specialist is generally the best way Ive found. I got sick of taking things like carbs and radiators ect to a mechanic who just farmed it out to a specialist anyway.Someones got to pay for all the transport and double handling.
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Follow Up By: mcboom - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 17:26

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 17:26
Cheers, that was useful advice !
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Follow Up By: crfan - Friday, Oct 24, 2003 at 09:40

Friday, Oct 24, 2003 at 09:40
How do you do a fixed quote on a clutch job before you remove the box?
does the fly wheel need machining ? does the rear main seal need replacing ? are bolts rusty ? has the car been modified ?
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Follow Up By: ross - Friday, Oct 24, 2003 at 17:07

Friday, Oct 24, 2003 at 17:07
Getting a fixed quote is easier if you know in advance a few little tricks.For a start having rusty bolts in that part of the car is rarer than rocking horse poo.I never had to have a flywheel machined in the 6-7 cars that required clutches that Ive owned and if they do they dont get paid until I have personally inspected it. Rear main seals give lots of warning that an astute owner would have noticed long ago.Has the car been modified?,well I am the owner so I should know.
Getting fixed quotes is possible as long as you lay down the rules beforehand.I dont have a problem paying for work required but when I come back and find a bill for a heap of unauthorised work that cant be proven/disproven then they will have one very unhappy customer who doesnt have any more money than the original quote.
Another little known fact is that mechanics have books that detail the expected time a competant mechanic should complete a job in.
In short lay down the parameters beforehand.
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Follow Up By: crfan - Friday, Oct 24, 2003 at 17:24

Friday, Oct 24, 2003 at 17:24
I was talking about rusty bolts getting to the clutch (bash plates)
And after having 20 plus cars/4wds I have only had to put a clutch in one.you say you have done 6 or 7 Dont like the way you drive.
If you pull a gearbox out and see oil at the lip of the rear main seal
and I have given you a fixed quote and I cannot get hold of you would you like me to just stick the gear box back in ?

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Follow Up By: ross - Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 01:09

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 01:09
Thats being trivial and I dont care if you dont like how I drive. Reread the last sentence of my last post and so what,a rear main is 20-30 bucks,who cares, Im not that hard up, and your never gonna work on my car anyway so whats your point.Did a customer screw you this week.Ha ha
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Follow Up By: crfan - Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 10:01

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 10:01
Thank you for answering my question ($20 or 30 dollars more is no longer a fixed quote)
and the book time is 7 hrs not 6 (thats $50 more than you told the guy)
and I dont advertise as most of my work comes from friends and word of mouth.
so no I didnt get screwed this week or any otherweek for that matter.
And of course I am never going to work on your car you take it to specialists remember.
Ligten up I am just trying to say it is very hard to give a fixed price unless yo,u give the highest price first .
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Follow Up By: ross - Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 12:17

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 12:17
Ive never had any problems getting a fixed quote because a fixed quote is for a AGREED amount of work to be carried out .If it requires a oil seal or time to remove frozen bolts ect that makes it outside my original contract and therefore open to negotiation.Reread my posts Ive said that all along.
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Reply By: diamond(bendigo) - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 18:51

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 18:51
hello mc boom.
price a few kits and let me know how much. i should be able to do better(should) and freight isnt that much to melb.back by popular demand
:-)
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Follow Up By: mcboom - Friday, Oct 24, 2003 at 17:10

Friday, Oct 24, 2003 at 17:10
Hi Diamond
Thanks for the offer to help. I have been quoted $500 for a Daikin kit for the TD42 (Diesel). Can you get them any cheaper ? It seems the Diesels are quite a bit dearer than the petrols....wonder why ?
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Follow Up By: diamond(bendigo) - Friday, Oct 24, 2003 at 19:06

Friday, Oct 24, 2003 at 19:06
ill get back to you satback by popular demand
:-)
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Reply By: Big Trev - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 21:42

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 21:42
I had mine replaced last year, my Ford Patrol / Nissan Maverick is an '89 model, and had only done about 160,000. I think you will find that the only clutch available is a heavy duty one. The early "light weight" ones are being replaced with heavier ones.
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Reply By: diamond(bendigo) - Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 12:54

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 12:54
hi mc boon.
pried one today brand new $345.
contact me onine at swingers@iprimus.com.au if you like ill be in melb tommorow.back by popular demand
:-)
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Reply By: mcboom - Thursday, Oct 30, 2003 at 09:05

Thursday, Oct 30, 2003 at 09:05
Diamond comes to the rescue again and gets my GQ back on the road as good as new with the new PBR clutch kit. Thanks mate !
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