ok new update. took the larger spacer that i was given by spec and threw it away. I bought a new throwout bearing from gm and put the thinner spacer from spec in behind the bearing and now the clutch seems to work. Won't know till i have a chance to open her up more, but just cruising and going in reverse feels a thousand times better. Car is on display at World of Wheels Pittsburgh this weekend.
85 Buick TType - 5.3l GT4202r 10.86 at 126