Reactivating this rather old Forum string of comments, I am restoring a 1928 Rugby M2 4 door sedan. I've had the clutch plate relined with new pads. Rather than the 4 segments on each side of the steel plate, I've ended up with a single circular pad on each side. In my case, these pads are 3.8mm thick vs 3.2mm (1/8 inch) in this discussion string.
To cut a long story short, my clutch will not disengage. The thrust bearing is fine, so that's not the problem. Even though my pads are a bit thicker than recommended, I would have thought I could adjust my way out of trouble, but so far no luck. My engine has sat around for several years, so the surfaces of the flywheel and the friction plate are a bit rough.
Should I get my 3.8mm thick pads ground down to 1/8 inch? Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
In the end, I took my clutch and flywheel back to my clutch mechanic an hour's drive away and he is setting it up for me again. The clutch pads are slightly thicker than 1/8 inch each side of the plate but he thinks that won't be an issue.
I actually wonder if the problem was that the clutch was installed (by me) about 2 years ago and has been engaged since (while I concentrated on other things), thereby making the clutch pads stick to the flywheel. In my ignorance, I adjusted the bolts on the 3 clutch levers and stuffed up the settings.
Here's hoping that the whole thing will work properly when I reinstall it again