you have any automatic VW version, either the semi-auto or
the fully automatic in the type III, you won't find mutch
help in finding a way to break the gland nut while keeping
the drive plate from turning. First off, don't try to wedge
something between the drive plate and the case, you'll fer
sure bend the drive plate, possibly distorting it beyond use.
Even a minor distortion can make for some real fun when you
try to line up the holes later during motor installation.
made a service tool for this procedure, but the chances of
finding one are about one in a million, and besides, we've
an easier way. Go on out to the junk yard and pick up a used
crank shaft fan belt pulley. Drill two holes on the opposite
ends at the base of the pulley. Now find a piece of angle
iron and drill two identical holes. Using a couple of washers
on each side of the pulley for extra support, bolt the deal
together and slide the assembly over the crankshaft. Tough
nuts may tend to flex the pulley a bit, but we've used this
tool doezens of times and it's still hanging in there.
in passing, if a nut breaks of the drive plate, you can weld
another on easily by securing the drive plate to the removed
torque converter for alignment of the new nut. Bolt the drive
plate to the torque converter and then use a nut and bolt
to secure the section with the missing nut. Tack weld the
nut, then remove the drive plate from the torque converter
and finish the weld. By the way, if the rivets are loose on
the center part of the drive plate, scrap it and go for a
good used one.