post update of ranting and me getting shit on.
So i was completely unaware that when a car is still in the air (drive wheels off the ground) that the wheels (or in my case the output shaft on the tranny since my driveshaft isnt in) will still spin since the clutch still makes slight contact with the flywheel. so this whole time ive been looking at my output shaft expecting it to not be spinning. so this whole time my clutch may have been working just fine.
well i pull my tranny out to investigate something and i discover my bearing retainer had completely broken off from the base where it mounts to the transmission, email jegs and they send me a new one. i then discovered that i never put the old tapered roller bearing cup into the new bearing retainer. get my new retainer and i go to shim/preload the bearing and i realize it doesnt even fit... wtf
turns out i have a "world class" t5 transmission.. which i didnt order my hydraulic throwout bearing setup for so the retainer is different. I can however machine a stock world class retainer to have the proper diameter to slide my throwout bearing on.
while checking what kind of transmission i actually have I also discover that is a t5 from a 4 cylinder thunderbird... which i didnt know when i bought and installed my clutch. so my pilot bearing is .078" bigger than my input shaft which is a no go.
so now i might have to pull the motor to put a 85 ranger diesel pilot bearing. im going to napa tomorrow to see if we can find some kind of shim that can make up the difference. im having such good luck