Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Gastonia, NC - Born & raised in Connecticut - 31 years
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Doing a search in our forums, it seems you are not alone -including myself on this one. Apparently there is supposed to be a frame bracket which the spring attaches to. Seems many don't have the bracket, but the holes in the frame are there. My '68 Lemans is a factory 3-speed manual and I presently have it torn down, frame out, and it did not have the bracket. As I recall, I think the spring was inserted into one of those holes as you mentioned, but I can't confirm it because it wasn't something I even took note of when I pulled all the clutch parts off. I am starting to think that some cars left the factory without them or they simply put the spring in the frame hole -which I vaguely recall was done with my car.
It would appear your options would be to form a piece of flat stock metal that would work. Make a cardboard template to get the shape & match the frame holes as you want it. Then use the template to create a metal tab that'll work. Otherwise, if one of the frame holes will work in a pinch.....