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Centerforce Clutch Swap

If The Connection Between Your Engine And Transmission Feels Like It's Slip-Slidin' Away, It's Time For A Classic Clutch Swap

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Linkage Rebuild
Classic musclecar clutch linkages are actually pretty crude. On our Chevelle, both clutch linkage arms and the Z-bar are metal-to-metal pins with no lubrication. These tend to wear, especially if the car has been subjected to a stiff pressure plate. Our clutch linkage is well past the four-decade mark and is showing its age. We've welded the pins before and polished them smooth, but the best solution is to eliminate them altogether and go to spherical rod ends. There are several approaches, but we like to use thin-wall tubing and weld in 51/416-inch threaded bungs on each end. Then just thread in a pair of male spherical bearings with jam nuts set to the length of the original rods and you're done. You need to make up one rod from the clutch pedal to the Z-bar and the other rod from the Z-bar to the throwout bearing release arm. We bolted our pieces together with fine-thread bolts and locking nuts to prevent them from coming loose. We found our parts at Art Morrison Enterprises. If you don't want to build this system, you can buy similar pieces from SpeedDirect.

PARTS LIST
DESCRIPTION PN SOURCE PRICE
Centerforce Dual-Friction DF271675 Summit Racing $279.95
Centerforce 10.5 flywheel 700100 Summit Racing 285.95
Clutch-alignment tool 53010 Summit Racing 7.39
SpeedDirect clutch linkage 7100 Speed Direct 62.00
Year One clutch fork 8600N Year One 55.00
Year One fork-pivot ball 904N Year One 15.50
Flywheel-turning tool T3 Year One 39.95
ARP flywheel bolts 100-2801 Summit Racing 8.88
ARP pressure-plate bolts 130-2201 Summit Racing 10.95
SOURCES
Art Morrison Enterprises
www.artmorrison.com
Hurst Shifters
a Mr. Gasket Company
Cleveland
OH  44144
Automotive Racing Products (ARP)
531 Spectrum Circle
Oxnard
CA  93030
805-278-7223
SpeedDirect
1901 S. FM 129
Santo
TX  76472
Centerforce
9-28/-771-8422
www.centerforce.com
Year One
PO Box 129
Tucker
GA  30085
800-932-7663
770-496-1949
www.nextgenparts.com/mustang
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