Yep. drove it home and hit 100MPH through Santa Ana Canyon. The clutch works great. We adjusted to slightly too much free play at the top of the pedal that will come out as the clutch wears in. We cleaned up the shifter linkage and that now works like a new car, smooth, easy and no squeeks. Replaced the clutch pedal linkage nylon bushings and the felt washers. I bought new mounting studs for both frame and block but we measured the new ones against the used ones that were in the car ,and the old ones were still closer to tolerance.
New Spicer U-Jounts and balanced driveshaft.
I know that there have been some concerns with Centerforce on some of the other forums. I have the centerforce I. I have only driven the car less than 100 miles. The little ring of weights on the pressure plate does rattle slightly between neutral and reverse only, not a problem for me. Clutch works quick and easy and I am very happy so far. If there are any problems I will post them.
Anyway, Bird is a one-in-a-million and I thank him for all the help. Thanks also to Darrow and CAScotty.
Well, this POS is coming out today.:cussing: I drove the car, and this thing is going to vibrate every bolt out of the car if we don't change it. :crap:We are installing a stock Luke unit, that Darrow reports works just fine.:nuts:
After driving the car with the LUK for over 100 miles yesterday and today I have to say I didn't really realize how bad the vibration was throughout the entire RPM range. It really got bad with hard acceleration but I now realize that there was some vibration all the time that is not there now.
I see BlackRat is having the same problem on the other forum and Centerforce gave him some speel about having a heavy spot on his flywheel coincidentally aligned with a heavy spot on the pressure plate. The suggested fix from Centerforce was to take it all apart and turn the pressure plate 180%.
Just sounds like a crappy clutch for this application to me.