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ccode67
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posted 03-27-2001 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67   Click Here to Email ccode67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
HELP, any tricks for installing clutch pedal spring under the dash of a 67.

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sigtauenus
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posted 03-27-2001 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last time I had mine apart was about 6 years ago, and I had the whole support bracket out. rebuilt it and reinstalled it as one unit. I remember holding one end of the big bracket down with a foot and somehow prying the spring into place with a long screwdriver and praying the screwdriver didn't slip out...

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ccode67
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posted 03-28-2001 07:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67   Click Here to Email ccode67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is what I've heard from someone else too, but trying to avoid removing the whole assembly,one guy told me to insert screws or washers between the coils of the spring and install it then push the pedal and let them fall out??? Thanks, Stu

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CRB
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posted 03-28-2001 11:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CRB   Click Here to Email CRB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If it is like the 66 there is a stop at the top that is removable. When you remove this stop the peddle will be able to come far enough forward to take all the tension off the spring. The trick is when you put it back on you will need to hold the peddle down while you put the stop back in. Before you take it apart I would push the peddle down and let it go a couple of time so you can see you hard it hits the stop. That way you will be more careful with your hands. It sure would hurt to get it caught.

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66 coupe
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posted 03-28-2001 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 66 coupe   Click Here to Email 66 coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The trick I was taught was to use those wooden shims you see at the building supply store. You bend the spring over and start putting wedges in between the coils until you have it stretched out enough to fit.

Even with the pedal to the floor the spring has some tension on it. It's a real booger to get back in.

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Bill3888
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posted 09-16-2003 02:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill3888   Click Here to Email Bill3888     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I asked this same question of a Mustang Parts supplier this last weekend - He had two answers - pull it out of the car and do it out of the car - or if in the car the attachment point for the spring under the dash is held in with three bolts - you can remove the two nearest the clutch lever, loosen the third, and swing the bracket toward the front of the car - Push the clutch pedal to the floor and install the spring - keep the pedal depressed and using a punch or something simular - wedge it into one of the bolt holes on the bracket to force an alignment for the other bolt and screw it in - replace the last bolt and release the pedal - I'm trying that one first myself but I'll probably disengage the clutch linkage and remove the instrument cluster so I can have a better view of the mounting bracket- Good luck -

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ccode67
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posted 09-16-2003 07:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67   Click Here to Email ccode67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to M&M, that post seems like it was ages ago, wish I'd had that advice back then, took about 3 afternoons before I finally got it in, I had a terrible headache from standing on my head under the dash for so long. If I have my way, it will NEVER need to be done again.

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Bill3888
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posted 09-18-2003 02:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill3888   Click Here to Email Bill3888     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry - didn't notice the date of the post -

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ccode67
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posted 09-18-2003 07:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67   Click Here to Email ccode67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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kcode
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posted 09-18-2003 01:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcode   Click Here to Email kcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Bill3888:
Sorry - didn't notice the date of the post -


Bill, thats ok, Stuart is a slow reader

Mike

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ccode67
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posted 09-18-2003 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67   Click Here to Email ccode67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by kcode:

Bill, thats ok, Stuart is a slow reader

Mike


Nah, I'm just slow......

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68RCodeConv
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posted 09-25-2003 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68RCodeConv   Click Here to Email 68RCodeConv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Get some big 1/8" thick washers. Get a floor jack and hook one end of the spring over the front of the jack and the other end over the jack pad. Slowly stretch the spring with the jack. Insert the washers into the coils of the spring (one per coil). This will lengthen the spring. You want to position the washers so that they are easily accessible with the spring in place. Put the spring in place under the dash and use vise-grips to pull out each washer one at a time. This worked like a charm for me.

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