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    Where does this spring belong?

    This came off my Kadett, but I don't know where. Is it a clutch pedal return spring perhaps?

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    Cool. I kind of assumed based on the size and context of parts I found it with, but I took it apart three years ago and my memory is rubbish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red0ktober View Post
    Cool. I kind of assumed based on the size and context of parts I found it with, but I took it apart three years ago and my memory is rubbish.
    Although it isn't necessarily needed to operate the car, the purpose is to hold pressure on the clutch arm to keep the arm from resting the throwout bearing on the clutch fingers. It also helps reduce chatter while not touching the clutch pedal and it helps to keep the clutch cable from disengaged the ball/socket connection at the end of the clutch arm.

    There's a hole that it goes into on the transmission cross member.

    A lot of little things from just a simple spring.
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    I'm not seeing where this spring goes. The transmission support crossmember seems too far away, and I don't see any holes in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red0ktober View Post
    I'm not seeing where this spring goes. The transmission support crossmember seems too far away, and I don't see any holes in it.
    Keep in mind that anything I say about stuff like this is based on the similarity between the GT and the Kadett and 1.9 drivetrain.
    So, on the tranny crossmember. On the Driver side, on the lower part of the flange, is usually a hole. It's less than 1/8 inch and is often covered in road gunk so it's hard to see if the spring was missing.

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    I'm going to go on a limb here and say that is actually an emergency brake lever return spring. On a Kadett the clutch return spring is shorter and goes into a hole of the externally mounted reverse switch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by opelspyder View Post
    I'm going to go on a limb here and say that is actually an emergency brake lever return spring. On a Kadett the clutch return spring is shorter and goes into a hole of the externally mounted reverse switch.
    You might be right. I won't argue.

    There was nothing hooked to that hole on my sons GT (his was the one in the picture) and even though I drilled a hole in the crossmember for my T5, I didn't hook the spring there. I hooked it to a spot on the transmission. I can look later at my unmolested pumpkin tonight.
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    I never disassembled anything related to the parking brake, but I'll take a look.

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    Are you sure you aren't playing with your throttle return spring?
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    Quote Originally Posted by First opel 1981 View Post
    Are you sure you aren't playing with your throttle return spring?
    No, that spring is accounted for.
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    It is the parking brake return spring I just saw it when I rebuilt my rear end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorm65 View Post
    It is the parking brake return spring I just saw it when I rebuilt my rear end.
    Ok, that's where I put it. I don't remember taking it off. I only recently rebuilt my torque tube, but the spring had been taken off long before that.

    I have no return spring on my clutch arm, nor do I see anywhere to anchor one on the body or crossmember. Perhaps I will make something.
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    The early 69-70Gts have a little hole in the reverse light switch attached to the driver side of the tranny that it attaches to.
    I forgot where it is on the 71-73, but It's somewhere on crossmember or tranny I think a few inches off from the center of the car to the driver side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorm65 View Post
    The early 69-70Gts have a little hole in the reverse light switch attached to the driver side of the tranny that it attaches to.
    I forgot where it is on the 71-73, but It's somewhere on crossmember or tranny I think a few inches off from the center of the car to the driver side.
    1973 is in the tranny support. You can see the hole but I am not using it due to the 5 speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markandson View Post
    1973 is in the tranny support. You can see the hole but I am not using it due to the 5 speed.
    Is this a GT or Kadett?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red0ktober View Post
    Is this a GT or Kadett?
    Sorry, this is a 1973 GT.
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