- Jul 24, 2007
I am now officially baffled with this problem and would greatly appreciate any insight anyone here can offer. My MKIII had developed hard shifting this summer which I originally thought was the cable, so I changed that. It made for an easier pull, but didn't help the shifting. It was very hard to get into 1st unless there was way too much tension on the cable (no free-play) and then it would tend to jump out of 1st under acceleration. Because I couldn't get a proper adjustment, I thought it was probably some worn part and replaced the push rod. No difference. I had fairly new Barnett plates and tried switching back to Norton plates and discovered the clutch center was badly notched so replaced it. No difference. I then changed the actuator lever, roller, bushing and ball in the gearbox, but no difference. Tonight I disassembled the clutch on my '69 "S" and tried the diaphragm spring from it - no difference. I then assembled the entire 4-plate clutch from the '69 into the MKIII and still no difference. I really don't know what to try next and would like any ideas anyone can throw at me. I've been at this for several weeks and now have both Nortons out of commission! Thanks for any assistance you can offer.