Following up in the forum to a transmission issue I was having with my 4 speed. The issue came on fairly suddenly... I started to notice clanky shifts, especially 2-3 and 4-3, 3-2, 2-1. Also, one day while idling in gear with clutch in, waiting to pull out of a parking lot, it felt as though someone micro-rearended me... like maybe someone riding a Big Wheel, or tricycle, or someone on crutches... it was just a weird tiny lurch forward for a split second, and it had a 'metal' sound to it. So, I was a little worried it was synchro-related, and knowing that hard parts are getting more difficult to find, I started by contacting a few of you via PM about possible spares... just in case.
A PO had replaced master, I replaced slave about 2 years ago, so I felt confident it wasn't simply a clutch disengagement issue. However...
Something was missing... and apparently crunching around a lot
Clutch media still had plenty of life left in it. Pressure plate face was in great shape... just the grinding on the inside marked above, plus some uneven wear on the finger tips probably due to the spring bouncing around in there.
Thanks to my declining ability to do real work, I had to find a shop to work on the truck... and they bent me over pretty hard for what turned out to be a simple clutch and pressure plate swap (parts are $83 at Rock). *sigh* I'm getting too old for cars that require maintenance. But... it's fixed.