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Brake/Clutch Support Upgrade

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Thought I would pass along another little upgrade tip I came across yesterday having to do with the pivot points on my support column and clutch bar.

When I had disassembled these components I had noticed substantial wear on the metal surfaces where the plastic bushings had failed and the metal-to-metal contact had worn against each other. This resulted in the elongation of the holes in both the z-bar and the clutch pedal and having worn down the metal posts on either end of the clutch bar. The service manual never calls for lubrication here but I remembered several of the restoration books pointing this area out as a real failure point.

First, I welded up the clutch bar taking care to put enough material on the posts but not too much. Then, I came back and hand filed the proper diameter to return the bar to its original shape.

Next, I went to the local Orchard Supply (hardware store...) and purchased some bronze bearings which were the proper I.D. to fit the clutch bar. The O.D. was slightly larger than the elongated holes so I drilled this out to match the bushing.

VOILA! Everything went back together perfectly and seems to move fore/aft quite nicely. Just one more step towards getting this pony back on the road again.
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1966 'A' code GT fastback. Ivy Green Metallic. 327ci. Not terribly stock anymore.
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Clutch bar? Do you mean pedal support? You can get pedal supports with roller bearings in them for about $90.00 from various sources. I got mine from American Mustang a while back.

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I'm not talking about the bearings which you can get for the entire brake and/or clutch pedal to pivot but the horizontal clutch bar which extends through the firewall and attaches to the z-bar.

Where this horizontal bar attaches at both ends required a plastic bushing which was highly prone to wear. I took a look at this area and used the bronze bushings instead. 3/8" ID slips right over the bar and the 1/2" OD gets pressed into the clutch pedal arm and the upper leg of the z-bar. Both of those holes needed to be drilled out a bit but everything fits fine now.
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