My pressure plate looks nothing like the one in that manual if I remove the spring bolts the whole thing is going spring into pieces and probably drop out but how would I compress it to reassemble while in the bell housing
Last edited by Quin; Fri May 15 2020 02:01 PM. Reason: Ad photo
If you check the '37 shop manual you will see that you need to remove the throwout sleeve from the fingers on the clutch cover. There are springs that attach it to the clutch levers.
That should give you the room you need to drop the clutch cover.
Do not take the clutch cover apart while it is still inside the bell housing.
Based on your pictures that is the correct '37 lever style clutch with the carbon throwout bearing. The cars adopted the diaphragm style clutch in 1939. I do not know when the trucks started using that design.
Each of us does our work in a way that fits our style. Unless it is a very unusual situation I typically take the extra time to remove the starter and bell housing when I do a clutch job. It really opens things up for access and visibility.
You don't want to disassemble it. A lot of models you have to push the disc up into the top of the bell housing & drop the pressure plate out first. Its tough on the fingers but that's the way it goes.
Last edited by Wrenchbender Ret.; Fri May 15 2020 07:44 PM.