86 Esprit clutch issue, help please!
I'm really stumped on an issue that's recently come up with my 86 Turbo HCI. Hoping one of you guys may have an idea, or be able to point to something that I've been overlooking.
Problem: I can't shift into gear while the engine is running. Presumed it was a clutch hydraulic issue and replaced the clutch master and slave cylinders, and hydraulic line this weekend. Still can't shift into gear.
Background: The last time I drove the car, it gave symptoms of the clutch hydraulics going out. I was having trouble shifting into gear, and could feel the car pulling while stopped with the transmission in gear, clutch in. It got progressively worse in a hurry, and at the end of the drive I couldn't get the car in gear at all with the engine running. Unfortunately I had to let the car sit for a while I traveled for work, but when I came back nothing had changed. I checked the clutch master cylinder reservoir, and found it was empty.
After swapping out the entire hydraulic system this weekend and bleeding, I verified proper movement on the pushrod and release fork. However I haven't been able to locate a spec on how far the pushrod/fork should be moving, but visually it looks like it would be adequate. ( I do have the 22 mm on the release fork adjuster screw).
Even after this repair, the car is stuck--won't go into gear. After a brief bit of research it sounded like maybe the pressure plate had stuck to the flywheel. I tried to break it by heat soaking the transmission, letting the car idle for quite a while with the clutch pedal depressed, stopping the engine, then hitting the starter with the car in gear. Nothing.
What am I missing here? Is it possible or common that the release fork has broken inside the transmission? I can verify operation externally. I'd really appreciate anyone’s input or suggestions.
As an afterthought, anyone happen to be located near Greenville SC?