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Classic Ford Mustang Pedals - How-To Replace a Clutch and Brake Pedal Assembly
The clutch and brake pedal assembly on early Mustangs can wear out. Here's how to replace it.
By Miles Cook, Photography by Miles Cook
April 27, 2006
As we removed the brake pedal, the old bushings fell out. The required nylon sleeve inserts are destroyed or gone, and the brake-pedal arm seems like the only salvageable part so far.
7. As we removed the brake pedal, the old bushings fell out. The required nylon sleeve in
The other side of the bracket shows how the bushing-support opening looked before the damaging wear began. Two types of pedal-mounting brackets were used by Ford. This type has the flat-sided openings shown here. The other type has a simple round hole, which can easily be repaired with a commonly available rebuild kit that includes a new shaft and bushings. There is no repair kit for our type of bracket, so we contacted Mustangs Etc., a well-stocked shop with a large inventory of used parts. The damage to our pedal mechanism was so widespread that we needed to replace the entire assembly. The main bracket we need went out of production long ago.
8. The other side of the bracket shows how the bushing-support opening looked before the
This clutch-pedal arm can't be reused either. The hole in the pedal arm for the clutch pushrod has worn oblong to the extent that the nylon bushing would no longer fit securely.
9. This clutch-pedal arm can't be reused either. The hole in the pedal arm for the clutch
The result of metal-to-metal contact during operation can also be seen on the end of the pushrod itself. This pushrod is clearly ready for the scrap heap. A new pushrod is shown at right.
10. The result of metal-to-metal contact during operation can also be seen on the end of
Here's the used manual-transmission pedal assembly-complete and in good working order-we obtained from Mustangs Etc. They also had a NOS bracket. While some parts might not be available all the time (as is the case for any used components), Mustangs Etc. or other used-parts houses around the nation are all possible sources. This assembly differs from the original in that it has the round-style cross-shaft bushings. Regional differences in local suppliers to the three different Mustang assembly plants (Dearborn, San Jose, and Metuchen) could account for the existence of the two styles. Also note that if Mustangs Etc. has a pedal assembly in stock, you'll need to exchange your old one as a core.
11. Here's the used manual-transmission pedal assembly-complete and in good working order
Before we installed the replacement pedal assembly, we installed new nylon sleeves, or bushings, that we also obtained from Mustangs Etc. White grease was used to lubricate the bushings during assembly.
12. Before we installed the replacement pedal assembly, we installed new nylon sleeves, o
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