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  • Ford Ahead of Auburn in Design by Late 1928

    Shocking statement to make, but have the proof is pictured below. The first pics are of the 1931 to 1935 Aubrn pressure plate. Please note the notches in the ends of the clutch fingers. Second pics are of a stock Model A pressure plate used by Ford from Nov 1928 through 1934. No notches. While the Auburn pressure plate can be used in the Model A as they have the same spring pressure and surface height. The Model A pressure plate can not be used in an Auburn as they do not have the notches. Learned this during my dealings with Fort Wayne Clutch. Rod
    At some point in time standardization was a creative idea.

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    I fail to see how that makes Ford ahead of Auburn? They are just different, one no better than the other.
    CB the Wonderful

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    • #3
      What is the purpose of the notches? Do you have a picture of the Auburn throw-out bearing and carrier?

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      • Rowdy
        Rowdy commented
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        Mike, I looked for pics on the internet and did not find much. The one pis I seen seems to suggest the notches engaged a 3 prong piece forward of the throwout bearing instead of the bearing actuall touching the fingers. Rod

    • #4
      Hard to top the Dearborn Engineering Laboratory, Although Auburn engineering produced a way more expensive and higher quality product,the prowess of their engineers most likely didn't exceed Ford men.Not just that,but engineering principals in clutch design is pretty straight forward,it wouldn't be irrational to think they developed their pressure plates independent of each other.

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