Re: Clutch question
Did you change the Throw Out bearing to the type designed for the diaphram pressure plate?
THEY ARE DIFFERENT!
The Bork & Beck - 3 finger type - the TO has a FLAT FACE where the fingers touch - the ends of the fingers are rounded so they can pivot.
The Diaphram type has the rounded part on the TO - the FACE IS ROUNDED. The ends of the fingers are squared.
They do not intermix.
As the TO pushes in, there has to be a rounded portion for the fingers to pivot on. Otherwise it does exactly like you describe.
Get the correct TO for the PP.
As far as the PP goes, you'll notice if you go to 10 parts houses, you'll get 10 different types and styles of pressure plates - depending on their suppliers - POSSIBLY NONE WILL FIT PROPERLY. Keep looking till you find the right one.
Hope you still have your original pressure plate to find an exact match! Through the years parts suppliers change numbers no much and try to make "one size fits many" so much that it gets to the point where nothing fits. All the transitions from Willys to Kaiser to Rambler to Chrysler to Krout haven't helped either.
You can tell if the pressure plate is NOT going to work by placing both the old and new plates face down on a table. You can do it right on their parts counter.
Place both TO's on their respective pressure plate's fingers. Now measure from the table's top to the rear surface of the TO - where the fork pushes - the pressure plate's side of the groove.
If that height is significantly different on the new one vs. the old one, then the angle of the fork when assembled will not give the proper travel or leverage.
THE CRITICAL MEASUREMENT IS FROM THE FLYWHEEL FACE TO THE FORK FACE.
Even then, once you torqe it down on the flywheel down with the disk in place it may differ too much. Get that measurement too.
When I went to replace the clutch in my Jeepster, all the parts houses had the wrong ones! I finally had to talk to Centerforce -- they even had the wrong one listed. I gave them the dimensions of what I needed, they were able to find a close match.
Why would anyone think that when the old parts worked properly but wore out, then different style new parts are put in, something other than those parts are at fault?