Does anyone have any suggestions on replacing a worn clutch release shaft. This is the one in the rear of the hogshead that has the clutch release fingers pinned to it. Mine is worn so bad in my 27 hogshead that the shaft has a groove worn in it where it comes through the hogshead on the left side and if the steel shaft is worn, I can imagine the iron hogshead is, too. The vendors don't sell the shaft and I don't have a lathe.
Mike Peterson in Mn (or someone closer to you) may have a better hogshead you can use directly or pick parts from?
The reason the vendors don't make clutch release shafts may be the lack of need for many of them?
Generally the force used in operating that shaft would be less than on the low or brake pedals - and it's generously lubed from the inside.
Lathe helps, but is not needed. You can get the right size shaft and bushings that will replace worn material in the hogshead itself. A little cutting, welding (by a very good welder) to attach the "T" arm. VERY careful measuring and riveting for the collar arms. A lot of careful filing in the hogshead to drift the hole back to center where it belongs followed by reaming the hole to fit the new bushings. A bunch more measuring. More fitting. What condition is the throw-out collar in?
OH, #####. Get another hogshead. A nice '26/'27 hogshead should be fairly easy to find. Even considering cost of shipping.
Actually, it can be done. For hard to find early parts, I have done things that way. But for a '27 hogshead. I would recommend getting a better one.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Mike's got a hogshead on Ebay, right now but told me he'd have a nicer one soon, so I'll wait.
Why wait, give him a call!
keep an eye on ebay, ever so often an early clutch release shaft comes up that the head is separate from the shaft. If just the hole on the drivers side is worn you could get a shaft made that has a lager diameter where is fits into the hogs head and the rest could be standard size to fit the lever and collar arms.