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Its the first time I have asked the forum for advice - so if I get the procedure wrong please bear with me. My Rapide (which I bought two years ago, is almost ready for the road and and was, I thought, going to be well used over the summer!) until recently had a AMC Norton clutch which dated from the late 50's, but it never really worked properly in that when ever it got hot it dragged so badly that it was really hard to change gear - and especially hard to find neutral. I spent hours and hours (and hours) trying to fix it, bought new plates, new springs, invested in the VOC "high lift" clutch arm and pivot bolt and changed the lever for a 1.1/16 pivot etc etc. Wen it was cold and in the garage it worked perfectly, but after a couple of miles it pretty much stopped working completely. So, I finally gave up on it and bought a spares company multi-plate conversion, carefully fitted it and looked forward to going for a ride - and the same bl**dy thing happened with the new clutch - after a couple of miles it just gave up the ghost. I have taken it apart and put it back together more times than I can count and can't find anything obviously wrong. Except that the barrel (the "bearing" that the outer clutch basket runs on) on the back of the clutch inner basket seems to be about 1/8th of an inch too long. It feels like it goes all the way onto the splines but now that I have got the primary cover off I can see that it doesn't - which seems to have the effect of giving me quite a lot more end-float than I need... My current choice are: 1) hit it with a big hammer and see if it will go on any further 2) grind 1/8th inch of the end of it, or 3) ask for help! Any advice will be much appreciated. Thank you.