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vegas paul
06-05-2007, 09:33 PM
I've got the clutch cover off while repairing the clutch linkage, and this might be a good time to replace the clutch driven disk, but since I don't know how thick a new one is, I can't tell if mine is worn and needs replacement. How thick is a new one, and what is the minimum acceptable thickness prior to replacement?

Las Vegas, NV
'51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434
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JDP
06-05-2007, 09:39 PM
Well, it would seem to be a moot point if you have the car apart and it's not mint, replace it. If you have a lot of wear left before it hits the rivets, I guess you could reuse it. I always do the disk, pressure plate and bearing whenever I can get to it because if I don't, it'll fail 10,000 miles later.:)

JDP/Maryland


63 GT R2
63 Avanti R1
63 Daytona convert
63 Lark 2 door
62 Lark 2 door
60 Lark HT-60Hawk
59 3E truck
58 Starlight
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander

50starlite
06-05-2007, 10:34 PM
Paul,

John is right, you've got it out, might as well replace the clutch plate,the pressure plate, and the release bearing assembly. You'll also need an alignment tool, you might have to have one made up.

Dick
Mountain Home, AR
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rockne10
06-05-2007, 10:47 PM
I just had a drivetrain overhaul done on one of my fleet trucks (engine, trans, driveshaft and rear). I told the mechanic it would make sense to replace the clutch slave. HE DIDN'T. HE SAID IT WAS FINE. The truck was on the road two days when the slave failed.
Makes me wish I were the mechanic, rather than the fleet manager.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
http://www.4wheelz.net/virtual/images/rockne/1928_rockne03_f820_th.jpg'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight

JDP
06-05-2007, 11:01 PM
I don't want to seem flip about a issue that might be budget related, but unless the hard to get to part is near perfect, it's false economy to scrimp.

JDP/Maryland


63 GT R2
63 Avanti R1
63 Daytona convert
63 Lark 2 door
62 Lark 2 door
60 Lark HT-60Hawk
59 3E truck
58 Starlight
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander

vegas paul
06-06-2007, 10:17 AM
Thanks, I ordered the parts and you all have confirmed what I expected was the smart thing to do.

Las Vegas, NV
'51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434
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John Kirchhoff
06-06-2007, 04:30 PM
When you get things back together, you might want to measure the height of the release fingers. A vernier caliper is great for that, even if it is a $20 Chinese one. If the fingers are very much out of adjustment, the clutch will chatter or "dog hump" as the old timers called it.