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Old 12-04-2012, 11:22 PM   #1
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Default 11" clutch

Rebuilt an engine for a 51 F-2. Installed a new 11" pressure plate and it hits the bellhousing. Where do you buy a decent plate these days? I know, Fort Wayne, but what is the deal with these? Surely they aren't the only ones in the market. I should note that the engine did have an 11" plate in it originally.
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:52 AM   #2
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I have a 49 F1 that came out of the factory in NZ with an 11 inch pressure plate and disc connected to the heavy duty 3 speed box. I got a new pressure plate off Macs a couple of years ago (disc from C&G) after they assured me it was made in New York - 'just down the road'. It appears to be well made, fits and and works well, although I had to grind a whisper off each of the three fingers as they were slightly long.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:41 AM   #3
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Rebuilt an engine for a 51 F-2. Installed a new 11" pressure plate and it hits the bellhousing. Where do you buy a decent plate these days? I know, Fort Wayne, but what is the deal with these? Surely they aren't the only ones in the market. I should note that the engine did have an 11" plate in it originally.
I get all my clutch and pressure plates from Fort Wayne. I think there the only ones that make there own in the US. Walt
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:28 AM   #4
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Fort Wayne Clutch is just a rebuilder as far as I know. They can rebuild an original Borg Warner Long type pressure plate and do it for a decent price but the aftermarket non-Borg Warner clutches are out there too. Most of the OEM 11-inch truck clutches I've worked on over the years used the cast half bell instead of the pressed one. I don't know if this was for any form of clearance or just different suppliers for FoMoCo. The aftermarket clutches may have slightly larger flyweight arms or a slightly different pressing of the cover depending on the die that was used. If it was made in the 3rd world there is no telling.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:50 AM   #5
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This one has the cast bell and the cover is definetly taller. I did try one for a Y block and the fingers were longer and I didn't feel comfortable grinding them down. Think I'll go with a 10" setup and avoid any more headaches.

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