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Return spring on top side of clutch equalizer bar to firewall? It looks sorta like that spring on my 66.
 

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Since the OP did not place a quarter next to the spring it is difficult to judge the size of it. It could be a throttle spring or a clutch spring. If it's a clutch spring I believe it hooks into a small hole in the outer end of the clutch release lever.
 

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reminds me of a seat cushion spring. Its too short for a clutch return spring.
 

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The early cars had a clutch return spring in the engine compartment. It was phased out 8n late 65 or 66. It connects to a tab on the firewall and t9 the to of the Z-Bar
 

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1965 Mustangs with the adjustable Pedal-To-Equalizer Rod and fixed length Release Rod did not have the upper spring on the clutch linkage. Look at the Retracting Spring that attaches to a hole in the end of the Release Lever. I think the spring in the OP's photo is the Retracting Spring.
 

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The early cars had a clutch return spring in the engine compartment. It was phased out 8n late 65 or 66. It connects to a tab on the firewall and t9 the to of the Z-Bar
If, by early you mean April of 66 You are correct. That is my build date and my car has the little tab and spring.
PS I am the second owner of the car. Had it since 1977
 

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1965 Mustangs with the adjustable Pedal-To-Equalizer Rod and fixed length Release Rod did not have the upper spring on the clutch linkage. Look at the Retracting Spring that attaches to a hole in the end of the Release Lever. I think the spring in the OP's photo is the Retracting Spring.
I believe it is the assist spring. I already have the retracting spring assembled.
 

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It is too light to be the under-dash assist spring by a country mile. No way, no how.

If the bent end (lower in the photo) were re-formed properly, it would be appropriate for the under-hood return spring between the upper equalizer arm and the firewall.
 

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It is too light to be the under-dash assist spring by a country mile. No way, no how.

If the bent end (lower in the photo) were re-formed properly, it would be appropriate for the under-hood return spring between the upper equalizer arm and the firewall.
Where in the firewall?
 

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Mid to late 66 Mustangs had the spring mounted between the top of the equalizer arm and a tab just below the master cylinder. It can be really hard to see unless you go looking for it. Early 66 had no such spring, like the 65 they had a really long spring from the release lever to the shock tower.
 
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