The pressure plates usually have a lock plate on them holding the fingers from releasing pressure. But typically you cannot install the tranny with it in so you'd know it was there. If you all are mechanics then you would notice it (i hope). My first thought is the clutch plate being in backwards. There should be (on one side) the word "Getr.. something". I forget the German word for transmission, but that's what it starts with. That side would obviously face the transmission. Also, alignment is critical as well. The other option is bleeding the hydraulic system. Some of the slaves have a bleed screw on them. Really the two things to look at are the clutch plate and slave cylinder. But you didn't open any hydraulic lines(did you?) so the clutch plate must be in backwards. Or somehow you've still got the lock ring on. But theoretically this would keep pressure off and you'd be able to start the car because the trans would be disengaged.
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