You're right, I did say it backwards. I shove in on the pedal but when I take my foot off, the peddle is floppy. The clutch plate did not return. I have checked through the plate below and all looks well. Also greased the throwout bearing.
On my WC I adjusted the tension on the springs. And that sure helped. But don't remember what I did. I'm having senior moments I guess at 88 years. I only have 12 running tractors, oldest a '29 JD/D and newest a '72 Ford 2000. Of course I have 7.5 acres and a guy needs the equipment to farm all that land!! Have to learn how to run each one as I get on a different tractor. They are all different, personalities and all.