Hello Lotus Friends,
I have a 2004 Ford Zetec engine mated to a Europa gearbox, which in reality is a Renault Fuego gearbox, but that's not important as they use the same input shaft and bell housing.
The flywheel is custom because the Zetec runs an inductive crank pickup so the trigger wheel needs to be machined into the back of the flywheel. So I have a 110 tooth (Europa sized) flywheel with the crack trigger and 6 bolt pattern for a Zetec. It's really slick, except the flywheel sits closer to the engine block on the Zetec than it does on an old Ford block. So now the distance between the clutch release bearing and the pressure plate is about an inch farther than it used to be and the movement in the clutch lever/release bearing is limited to just shy of that. So in other words, with my clutch pedal floored, the release bearing JUST ABOUT contacts the surface of my pressure plate fingers. So I need a spacer...
My plan is to turn a spacer of low alloy steel in the shape of a cup to be heated and placed over the release bearing and allowed to cool for a shrink fit. I can't braze to the bearing because that will burn the grease and compromise the bearing. Does anyone have any other ideas? Does anyone know how other people have tackled this problem? I know there are quite a few Europa's with Zetec power these days.