in fact-i just ran the motor (out of the washer) to see if it would spin. and of course she spun just fine. i turned it off/on a few more times and it would spin just fine each time.
so i hooked everything up and ran the washer again. the tub spun fast again! i turned it off, waited till it came to a complete stop and pulled the switch again-and the tub wouldn't move. i quickly to the few parts off again to get to the motor to see if it would spin without anything and it wouldn't spin at all anymore-just make a humming noise and get really hot.
therefore i gotta believe it is something in the motor that catches, er something. anyways, i am think i'm going to go purchase a used motor from the local repair shop for $85.
knock on wood, and the motor fixes everything that would bring my total of parts to $150 (which when i called a repair man they said it would be at least $200 to fix, by the sounds of it)
so all in all, i still didn't make out to bad. let's hope this motor works!