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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted June 05, 2005 08:27 PM  
I have a Howe Hydraulic throwout bearing
and a Zoom competetion Clutch on a Ford 351W 3 speed tranny and I am having some trouble with it.

I push the pedal in and it won't go into gear, I push the pedal in further and it starts to grind (like the clucth is hitting the flywheel or something?). But then it will go into gear. It seems to
me that I am right on the edge of having the pedal too far in or out.

I don't want to cook the clutch.
Now once I am in gear car runs fine.
I followed the installation directions
using the shims and all on the throwout bearing.

Any ideas?


sc1 racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 419
posted June 05, 2005 09:58 PM  
sounds like it is not shimmed enough. the throw out doesnt have much travel at all. you only want about 1/8 of an inch between forks on pressure plate, and bearing..

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted June 06, 2005 06:04 PM  
I have a follow-up question then,
what is the grinding caused by pushing the pedal in too far? Wouldn't more shim
just increase this problem?
I'm a little confused.


Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 113
posted June 06, 2005 07:38 PM  
If it is a lightweight steel flywheel, the clutch hub springs may be hitting the flywheel bolts. You may need a non sprung clutch disk. If it is a stock flywheel you may have the disk in upside down.
By the way you race at the rock, right?
Track was smooth Saturday night. I almost ran out of ways to screw myself up, though.
We will probably be back down. A nice field of Street Stocks, and a nice track.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted June 06, 2005 08:53 PM  
Thanks, I can't wait to pull the tranny and take a look...ugh!

Yes I was there sat night, track was very smooth, I'm still battling overheating trbls but it's getting better. Upgrading to a hi-flow waterpump this week. I won't be back at the Rock for 3 weeks.
I was actually able to enjoy the racing this time, the very first time I raced I was a bundle of nerves, but this time was alot more fun, able to focus on things like talking to other people at the track and watching the other races.

There was a good # of cars there, usually there are only 6-7 if that on a reg basis.


Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 113
posted June 10, 2005 01:51 PM  
What did you find out with the clutch noise? Ready to build a me too monte yet?

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted June 11, 2005 04:07 PM  
Haven't looked at it yet,
and I think I'll stick with the
Fords. haha

You ever run Roaring knob?
I was thinking of headin up there one
saturday. The rules say 8" wheels though.
I don't have any.

gangster fords
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted June 23, 2005 12:09 AM  
you throw out bearing should be at 1/8 spacing to the presure plate fingers if it is not going in far enuff the disc will not release..... if it is going in too far it will in turn try to apply the clutch disc.....
if you pull the trans and bellhousing off look to see if the fingers are pulled down the same all the way around..... i am asuming you are running a single disc clutch........ correct?
if you are running a 3 disc clutch and have a stock 3 speed top loader you last disc( closest to the crank) will not catch the splines with out proper spacing.... this will also make a grinding noise.....i have been racing fords for almost 20 years and have tryed about every clutch set up you could dream of and i have the best one availible for a ford if you can run a double or tripple disc clutch if you like you can call me 662-564-1139


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