Out for a nice easy drive when this happened- As I depressed the clutch, the pedal hit the floor quickly, I hear a ping, and see part of the car bouncing down the road behind me. My lower clutch rod has snapped in two just behind the threads. It appears that the lower clutch rod that snapped had been modified by a PO. They welded a nut on the end where it would meet the clutch fork (image attached). According to one mechanic, it was probably because the fork was getting worn and this was an easier fix. Anyway, this mechanic, who was highly recommended by a fellow mustang owner, suggested that the fork, should be replaced, and that if I was doing that, then I might as well replace the clutch. One of his concerns was that the fork was worn which required the earlier nut welding fix. His recommendation was also based on my experience with how the car performed prior to the rod snapping. He asked if it was ever hard to shift. I told him that it shifted fine but that it required some muscle to shift, I just thought it was the way it should be- a firm clutch. All of my previous mustangs (a few 1966s,a 1970, and another 1969) were all automatic transmissions so I don’t have any idea how a manual transmission should feel. So, for those who might have stock clutches, does your pedal require some muscle to shift? Do you think that it’s worth having the clutch redone while the transmission is open? I would need to order all the parts ahead of time and commit to the repair before I bring it to the shop. I realize that each car is different with how it’s set up based on the different parts, modifications, etc. All I know about mine is that it is a 302 with manual 3 speed and that it should be stock. It runs really well and haven’t had any clutch issues until this week. I wish I had more information. Thank you in advance for your help and advice.
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