That,s a very high mileage for a clutch Nigel, I hope the one I fitted lasts as long. On my current annual mileage that will be 50 yrs so I doubt I will be driving by then
. Like you, I am of the opinion that they did not have one fitted when new and I also have fitted one from another car. If I want to keep it original I can always take it off.
I wasn't very impressed with just 101,000 miles for a clutch, which I thought should last a lot longer!?!
About 20,000 miles earlier, I was obliged to replace the rear brake shoes; not because the were worn to anywhere near their limits, but because the MOT inspector claimed they were glazed owing to lack of use!?! Up to the 101,000 miles I had yet to wear out my third set of front disc-brake pads and the brake discs themselves show little sign of wear. The last time I replaced a complete set of five tyres (Kelly-Springfield Steelmark, 175 SR13) each tyre had about 35,000 miles worth of wear on them.
It's probably all attributable to gentle, economical driving.
My car will never be original again and hasn't been since before my father bought it in May 1975. It becomes even less original with each phase of upgrades & modifications.
When I last overhauled the hydraulic clutch master cylinder and brake master cylinder, I replaced the split-pins at the end of the piston rods where they fit into the foot-pedal-lever assemblies (i.e. Items 153675 & PC0009 in the picture below) with clevis pins salvaged from Triumph front brake-disc-pad retaining pins. They are much easier to remove in the future than split pins and probably just as secure for all practical purposes.
Nigel A. Skeet
Independent tutor of mathematics, physics, technology & engineering, for secondary, tertiary, further & higher education.
Upgraded 1974 Triumph Toledo 1300 (Toledo / Dolomite HL / Sprint hybrid)
Onetime member + magazine editor & technical editor of Volkswagen Type 2 Owners' Club