Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mustang Clutch

I've had this Mustang for the last 8 years or so and
it had finally lost its "get-up and go", which meant
that the clutch began slipping, so it was high
time for a new clutch to be installed.

If you have a weekend with good weather,
and all the tools and parts needed and a friend or
two willing to help, then this project could probably
be completed within a day or two...

Here's a look at a few photos
from our weekend project-

1987 Ford Mustang 5.0 Clutch
1987 Ford Mustang 5.0 clutch
After the transmission was removed, 
this was the view from underneath the dirty beast.
The tranny had a coating of grime 
that warranted a trip of its own to the car wash. 

1987 Ford Mustang 5.0 Fox Body
1987 Ford Mustang 5.0
Don't let the beautiful weather fool you...
It was breezy, but HOT with 90ยบ+ temps.

Removing the clutch
Removing the old clutch
Since the old clutch was toast,
and toasted, it was slightly difficult to remove.
A little elbow grease was applied
and it gave way...

Old Pressure Plate
Worn Pressure Plate
These two photos show how bad this clutch was...
with the grooves being worn in
from the heat generated. 

Old clutch

If you're starting off on a project like this,
be sure to have the little things that
matter on hand, like....
- penetrating spray, like PB Blaster
- soap, like Fast Orange (for yourself)
- shop towels
- flashlight
- brake cleaner
- engine degreaser
Keep in mind that even though you bought
all the parts, you still may need to
rent some tools from an auto-parts store.

It's a good idea to call ahead to make sure
they have the tools you'll need and to place it on hold.
Once you return the rented tools,
they'll credit you back -
so keep your receipts!

Having these items on hand will save you
the trouble of going back and forth
to the store when you could be
moving on to the next step of your project.

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