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  • Adjusting Pressure Plate Fingers

    Anytime you install a new pressure plate or are chasing the cause of clutch chatter, you need to check to be sure all 6 pressure plate fingers are at the correct height and even with each other. I made this simple tool to make the job quick and easy. I just use a bolt and two nuts through a piece of aluminum channel, and lock the bolt head 11/16" from the face of the aluminum channel. If the bolt head has markings, I file them smooth. This picture shows a pressure plate from Little Dearborn, that I installed for a club member a few years ago. Being a bit off of 11/16" isn't critical, but having all 6 the same measurement is critical.

    I made a hands free similar tool that beeps when the correct height is reached. You can see the picture and description in the "Homemade Tools" section.
    https://www.vintagefordforum.com/for...homemade-tools



    Homemade Tools Clutch Adjuster.jpg

  • #2
    Originally posted by Tom Wesenberg View Post
    Anytime you install a new pressure plate or are chasing the cause of clutch chatter, you need to check to be sure all 6 pressure plate fingers are at the correct height and even with each other. I made this simple tool to make the job quick and easy. I just use a bolt and two nuts through a piece of aluminum channel, and lock the bolt head 11/16" from the face of the aluminum channel. If the bolt head has markings, I file them smooth. This picture shows a pressure plate from Little Dearborn, that I installed for a club member a few years ago. Being a bit off of 11/16" isn't critical, but having all 6 the same measurement is critical.

    I made a hands free similar tool that beeps when the correct height is reached. You can see the picture and description in the "Homemade Tools" section.
    https://www.vintagefordforum.com/for...homemade-tools



    Homemade Tools Clutch Adjuster.jpg
    Tom I made this tool from your description last year. I had a problem and your tool design worked perfect for me. thanks for your support to this hobby .

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    • #3
      What is the reading between the bolt and the feeler gauge?
      Last edited by Ed H; 01-23-2018, 03:53 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ed H View Post
        What is the reading between the bolt and the feeler gauge?
        That's the .010" brass feeler that comes in the feeler gauge set, and it's normal use is for checking the clearance on electronic pickups for modern cars.
        I adjust each finger until the gauge has a slight drag as I push and pull it.
        So if I had the bolt head set at exactly 11/16", now I'd add .010" to that measurement.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Tom Wesenberg View Post

          That's the .010" brass feeler that comes in the feeler gauge set, and it's normal use is for checking the clearance on electronic pickups for modern cars.
          I adjust each finger until the gauge has a slight drag as I push and pull it.
          So if I had the bolt head set at exactly 11/16", now I'd add .010" to that measurement.
          I am familiar with feeler gauges, I did not know which you were using.
          Thank you

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          • #6
            Can this be done in the car?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mfarley View Post
              Can this be done in the car?
              Yes. A search will reveal many that have adjusted them in the vehicle
              3 ~ Tudor's
              Henry Ford said
              "It's all nuts and bolts"


              Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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              • #8
                Any good tool for this is a good thing. I just turn round stock to the dimension [ 5/8 or now 11/16"] and set the adjustment for a slight drag against a straight edge.


                A feeler strip is only needed when doing it in the vehicle.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mitch View Post

                  Yes. A search will reveal many that have adjusted them in the vehicle
                  Thanks - I need to check the fingers on my pressure plate after last summer’s install.

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