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    Posted: 23 Oct. 2011 at 7:06pm

Got my bell housing back on and transmission bolted up and and now I'm trying to install the clutch fork. I've done some searching on the site and found a few post about the subject, but still can't accomplish the install of the fork. I've taken the inspection plate off and can push the carrier forward, but can't get the fork to slide on the pivot point and also the tool that I'm using to push the carrier forwad is in the way of the fork. There has to be something I'm not doing right. Any help will greatly be appreciated. My jeep is a 53 3A.

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Scroll down and there are two pictures of either side of the carrier bearing.  This may help you visualize what you can't see.
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I have tried to install the fork after the bellhousing and it is HARD. My hands are too large to manipulate through the inspection hole and lever the throwout forward without losing a finger.
I think if you can get it behind the throwout bearing first, then try to lever it over the ball stud, or bite the bullet and put it on first, then line things up through the inspection hole.
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Allen... It's a pain. I've found it easier to get the fork in place on the fork's pivot ball when the transmission is about 2-1/2" to 3" out of the bell housing (i.e. before the transmission is bolted up). And, this means doing it on a lift with the transmission supported on a stand. Once the fork is in place, the throw-out bearing housing will hold it in place (via its spring) and you then just push the transmission in, bolt it up, and you're done. Getting your hand in there is a squeeze, but it's definitely doable.  ..R
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  I had the same problem.  I finally took it back out and mated the tranny and bell housing, installed the throw out bearing and intalled it as a unit.   Leave the motor mounts off and lower motor as far as it will go and you will have enough room to install the top  bell housing bolts.

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I've done it twice. If you have large hands ( bigger than mine) have a friend with smaller hands help. Work the fork down in behind the throwout bearing with it pushed forward. Not too far forward or the return spring will be damaged.  Cuss at least 2 or three times while you get the fatigue out of your hand.  You can have your helper reach in through the cable hole to help hold it up on the cable area with a wire or some device you come up with. That part helped get it in the right orientation to eventually  slip on while your one hand does the rest.  I go out of my way to not do it if possible. Putting the bell on the motor with the rest assembled isn't easy either, and be carefull you don't drop the engine off or down on you or someone else. Ouch John
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Allen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Nov. 2011 at 8:15pm

Success with the clutch fork. I had my cousin come over and I loosened the four bolts holding the tranny to the bell housing and slid the tranny backwars an inch or so. This gave me the room I needed to get the clutch fork on. It was tough but I got er done!!!!!!

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It can be done through the inspection cover. it's not easy, but can be done. I had to flip my release bearing carrier 180 degrees and had to pop the fork off first. be patient you will be able to do it.
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