Purchased a new used pressure plate assembly from Coonrod's yesterday. Exact animal I was looking for, but there is one slight difference between the old and new one, that being the new one has four springs per 120 degrees or finger vs. three springs in the one that came out of the Scout ('65 Scout 80) with the only engine and transmission available at the time. Unknown what it came out of. Not that it matters to my questions, but the reason I bought the new one was that one of the three fingers on the old pressure plate was a bit thin/worn. Old/existing: New: Questions: I'm assuming that if I install the new one it will be a bit stiffer? How much stiffer and will this be acceptable in a Scout? Or should I try and take out one of the springs from each "side"? For that matter, do the springs "wear or relax" much over time? Should I have the springs tested for tension or compression or whatever the appropriate force is? I miked the two plates and found that the new one was 5 thousands thicker so all in all, the new one seems to be the better choice. This is for the "Lil Sh!t", CS #3 so I can try and get it on the road sooner then latter (miss driving a Scout I do).