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T18 Swap Throwout Or Ball Stud Modify

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by 71CJ54WD, Dec 10, 2018.

  1. Dec 10, 2018
    71CJ54WD

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    My T18 swap started this weekend. Have the correct pre-70 bell on there and the throwout bearing is jammed up against the new clutch pressure plate fingers. I know the end of the throwout arm needs to be 5-6 degrees forward for mechanical advantage but the way it is now the arm is all the way forward in the hole. I would like to move the throwout bearing back. I am reusing the arm that was on the Jeep when I took it apart this weekend (it was finger clutch that came out and not a borg-beck). The ball stud is what came on the bell. The throwout for now is just the old one that came out too. So my thoughts are to keep the arm I have and instead use a thinner throwout bearing or get an adjustable ball stud. What would you do? Or would you do both? I see there is a lakewood adjustable ball and some threads mention using the OEM buick car throwout. I'm not opposed to using both the new ball and bearing...or if there is a preferred arm to use...but my search did not bring up any arm part numbers. For the ball stud I have Lakewood 15501 and for the Buick car bearing I show National 614018. Should I just grab those to begin?
     
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    Posimoto

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    Do some research at Novak Conversions Home I did the Ford T18 conversion many years ago. I used the stock clutch fork and an adjustable ball. That said, there is more than 1 clutch fork available. My rig is a '66 with the Dauntless. The actual throwout bearing available is standard, but the collar that it is pressed onto comes in varying lengths.
     
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    I suggest you measure the OAL of your presently installed release bearing and find one with a shorter length release bearing carrier to fit.
    I have several different lengths of them and may have a correct one for yours if you can identify the bearing you currently have.
     
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    Thanks folks.

    Carquest had National 614018 in stock so I just got it and that should do a lot (and it was made in USA :flag:(y)). The National 614018 is shorter than the stock bearing. I also have the adjustable ball enroute. I'm not positive but I do believe if I couple the National 614018 with an adjustable ball stud that I should be in the zone.

    Next thing I noticed is that my release fork didn't have a spring on it. Shouldn't there be a release spring and bracket on the bell or something?
     
  6. Dec 10, 2018
    tarry99

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    Goes from the tip of the fork .....forward to the bell housing...just to take the slack out.
     
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    I see partsdude has the spring - is there a bracket as well or is there a hole on the bell for the other end? Any idea what the part number is or if there are other sources for the spring?
     
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    tarry99

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    Find a hole , make a bracket , a heavy throttle return spring will do...
     
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    Thanks for posting the part numbers and such while working this out. Let us know how it all works. If I ever get around to installing my T18, this info will be handy.
     

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