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anyone ever install a clutch disc backwards?

a friend helped me swap a motor today... because of the location i wish i had put the clutch in myself. heres what its doing. petal feels good, petal out no noise, press the petal to the floor and theres a very noticeable friction sound all the way through the motion and the engine acts like its going to stall. it shifts in and out of the gears normally. its the old clutch (w/ 2000 miles) and worked fine before the swap. does it sound like the disc is backwards?
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Re: anyone ever install a clutch disc backwards?

The friction sound and the load on the engine suggest throwout bearing in backward. I think that if the disk were in backward it wouldn't release, and you'd be unable to shift.
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Re: anyone ever install a clutch disc backwards?

Yes I did. It was on a '58 MGA. The springs that cushion the clutch engagement caught between the flywheel bolt. They were offset enough that it only went one way. Put it in gear, engine off, clutch pedal depressed and see if you can push it or if it will roll downhill. If not, or if you get noise, I'd say you are rubbing the clutch against the flywheel.
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Re: anyone ever install a clutch disc backwards?

Nope, never done it [img]images/graemlins/censor.gif[/img] but I've heard it can make all kinds of strange sounds.

Yep. thats my story and I'm stick'n to it [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: anyone ever install a clutch disc backwards?

Last one I did, I saw that it wouldn't fit flat against the flywheel if you tried to install it backwards. So at least on my CJ, it would be darn near impossible to do wrong unless you were really unobservant.
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Re: anyone ever install a clutch disc backwards?

Machine shop went through my 134 F-head and the guy that did it told me, “ oh by the way I mounted your clutch and pressure plate so you wouldn’t have to bother with it” well after I dropped the motor back in the JEEP all went well. Until I pushed the clutch in while it was running. Boy did it make some NOISE!!!!!! When I took it apart all of the flywheel bolts were almost sheared off, and later all the main bearings went bad due the pressure that was applied to the crank in an awkward direction

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Re: anyone ever install a clutch disc backwards?

Well from you profile it looks like you have a 351 Ford motor, and the last time I put a clutch in a Ford the disc would not lay flat on the fly wheel,,,,how ever this is not to say it couldn't be done. I have seen some VERY strange things done that were thought NOT to be possible.
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