Re: What in the heck is this clutch noise?
Thanks for the conjectures. I found and fixed the problem. Here's what it turned out to be:
In order to remove the flywheel, I had to grind the heads off of the bolts. Since I had originally planned to replace the flywheel, I was not terribly careful about overshooting a bit. Unfortunately, it turned out that the guys at checker had quoted me the flywheel for an automatic and it's actually quite difficult to find one for a standard. 4wd Hardware has it, but the price is quite high, so I decided to try to use the old one. In order to compensate for the damage to the flywheel, I put washers under the bolts and used bolts which were slightly longer. I checked that there was enough clearance behind the crankshaft flange, but I didn't account for the fact that the crankshaft moves forward slighty when force is applied to the forks on the pressure plate. Thus, whenever I stepped on the clutch, the new flywheel bolts rubbed against the inspection cover. I fixed the problem by putting a washer between the inspection plate and the bell housing at each bolt. It works great now.