Lightened Flywheel

Anyone that has tried driving a model A with a V8 pressure plate just won’t go back to the standard “A” plate.  It takes about half the pressure or less to depress the pedal.  “What a difference!”  It also eliminates clutch chatter.  For a touring car this is a must in the author’s opinion.

But as far as I’m concerned this is not enough.  When cutting down the rim and face of the flywheel, you should take it one step further and lighten it.  I mean don’t mess around, cut it.  I lighten a flywheel to 37 lbs. starting off with 64 lbs.  This is quite a reduction.

I once had a flywheel in my garage that I thought was too light to use in a sedan.  I gave it away to a friend who was building a Speedster.  I felt that you needed some momentum that is created by the flywheel.  Well, after some experience, I now know we are not driving tractors.

The benefits of a lightened flywheel are many.  A lot less stress on the rear main is one of them.  Quicker acceleration and deceleration is the most beneficial to most of us with standard transmissions.  It makes shifting a lot easier and with patience can even shift without double clutching.  Even going to a lower gear is easier.  Not one person that has “lightened up” has regretted their decision. 

This article was printed in the June 2010 issue of the “A” Quail Call by AJ Pennington.

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