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Old 04-10-2004, 04:36 PM
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hyd clutch

trying to put a tremec 3550 into my 63 fairlane. all went well until i bleed the hyd. clutch. its the bolt on type (inside the bell housing) i have bled and rebled it several times but it does not push the pressure plate fingers in. i should be able to see this movement correct? mcleod sent me a longer piston and said it was the proper length but now i wonder. anyone know of anything i have missed or should try?

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Old 04-12-2004, 02:47 PM
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It's air locked. You need to remove it and work it by hand in a few different positions so the air can find a escape route through the line to the master. Bench bleed the slave next time. It will prevent the airlocking.
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Old 04-13-2004, 08:05 PM
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as it turns out, mcleod sent me the wrong hyd clutch piston. i have now installed the correct one. now heres the new problem,
the trans will go into gear with the engine off, but will not when it is running.....what the hell am i doing wrong?????....this trans swap has been a real challenge help please.........
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Still sounds like your hydraulic cylinder has air in it. Did they give you some instructions on how to bleed it?

Working on my sons Ranger pickup with a hyd clutch, the proceedure is as follows. Open the bleeder on the slave cylinder and let the fluid come leaking out. Do not let the master run out of fluid. When all air is out of the slave close the bleeder. Pump up the master several times and hold the pedal. Open the bleeder on the slave and keep the pedal on the floor. Close the slave bleeder and check master fluid level. Do this as many times as necessary.

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Old 04-29-2004, 06:19 PM
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thanks much. as it turns out they had once again sent me the wrong piston. once i finally rec'ed the correct one it worked fine. what a pain in the ace!!!!! there mistakes caused me a lot of extra work. when swapping in a tremec 3550 with the standard long front shaft you must use a spacer plate. for some reason when they were trying to help me figure out which piston to use they kept over looking the spacer. so the pistons were always to short. also i had a lot of people tell me i needed a front or center shifter location. glad i did not listen to them and did my own investigation. turns out the rear shifter location is perfect for my fairlane. it did require a new special trans cross member (from dark horse performance) and modifying the trans tunnel. well worth the trouble.
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