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outlawstock17
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posted July 20, 2004 01:48 PM  
small block ford, SROD transmission, ram assault weapon.....i can't get the clutch to completely disengage. i have to put the car in gear and then start it or it grinds like crazy and won't go into gear. it will idle in gear with my foot on the pedal but i can feel it wanting to move the car. i've bled the slave cylinder many times and i'm sure there isn't any air in it. i even used my port-o-power to push the fork until it hits the bellhousing and still the same problem. it worked fine until just a couple of weeks ago.

no problems once i get going. am i missing something? could there be dirt trapped in it or what?

oldfordmod
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posted July 20, 2004 03:18 PM  
Outlaw, what bellhousing are you using? The bellhousing for the SROD is about 1/2 inch longer than the old mustang 3-4 speed one. You may need to go to the shorter one because the ram clutch rides right on the end of the splines when you sandwich in a motor plate and clutch cover. Mine had the first disk fall off the input spline and when I engaged it, the shaft ground out the teeth in the disk. I was using the SROD bellhousing. I now use the shorter mustang bellhousing.

outlawstock17
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posted July 20, 2004 04:27 PM  
i'm using a mcleod bellhousing for a regular toploader, but i made a 5/8" thick aluminum spacer plate between the transmission and the bellhousing to accomodate the longer input shaft.

i don't think this is the problem as it was working fine up until a couple of weeks ago.

ford5
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posted July 20, 2004 04:42 PM  
outlaw17.. i have seen this before. check the pressure plate, i have seen the little thin ring that the fingers of the plate 'pivot' around. the ring breaks and splits apart and gets kinda bent up and tangled. when this happens the pressure plate won't quite release all the way, either that or the plates are warped enuff to be dragging a bit. i have straitnened the ring and spot welded it back into place before. this happens sometimes when the PP is over extended.

outlawstock17
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posted July 20, 2004 04:44 PM  
thanks brian, i'll check it out.

outlawstock17
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posted July 20, 2004 06:22 PM  
ford5 is the shiznit! i went straight outside and took it apart......lo and behold, the pressure plate ring is broken!

i will BOW TO THE MASTER, ford5!

it's not bent or tangled. it's just broken in one place. so.....now i can just spot weld the ring back together in position and everything will be kosher?


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