1979 Dodge Powerwagon 100/200

Tiny
DODGERULES
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I have about 997,000 km on a rebuilt engine (305, I believe, I can't remember). I got it last year, in october. It ran really good for the first little while when I got it, but then last december, I was driving it around my back yard, and I got stuck, and I went to rock it out, and I was going back and forth (oh, instead of shifting into 1st, I just shited right into 3rd, I dunno if thats bad or not), and I put it into 3rd, and it rolled forward, put it in reverse, and it slowly rolled, then didn't go anywhere. I gave it gas, and it still didn't go. So I left it, cause there was snow up to my door. Then today (march 14th) I got in it, started it up (it started excellent, as it always has), and I could see what I THINK is the driveshaft freewheeling ( I had it in neutral and it was moving very, very, very, slowly), and I can put it in gears without putting the clutch in, but there is still pressure on the clutch and its not depressed (clutch not gone?), And when I put it in gear, the driveshaft looks like its trying to turn, but it's not going anywhere. I checked the rearend fluid, and it seems good. I haven't checked anything else, because of the snow, but its melting here, but I was just wondering if you can help me. Any answers would be great, cause I dont realy wanna take it to a mechanic and pay lotsa money for something I could do myself. Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to make sure I got it all explained.
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Saturday, April 14th, 2007 AT 8:36 PM

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Tiny
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Its probably a 304CID try adjusting the free play-couldn't get it-its time for a new clutch assy.
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Sunday, April 15th, 2007 AT 12:30 AM
Tiny
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Adjusting the free play? What does that mean? And by "assy" you mean assembly? Im sorry, im not mechanically inclined in any way.
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Sunday, April 15th, 2007 AT 3:21 PM
Tiny
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Its an initial clearance before the throwout bearing touches the pressure plate to release the clutch plate away from the flywheel. Lacking this clearance will create grinding while shifting.

In your case the clutch is slipping-to test-start it up step on the clutch and brake, now slowly release the clutch out when the clutch is fully release and the engine rev's it slipping

A good clutch the engine will die, not rev up.
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Sunday, April 15th, 2007 AT 5:54 PM

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