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Old April 2nd, 2013, 01:40 AM
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Default aluminum bracket for clutch and brake pedals

apparently this is a common problem as this generation of trucks gets older (mine is a 1989 f250) ; the clutch/brake pedal bracket, made of aluminum, is quite badly worn in the holes where the pedal shaft goes through.

through my reading i have discovered that :
a) they are no longer available through ford (and are overly expensive even if you could find one).

b) you cannot just swap in the steel bracket that they used in later models.

i found a pic on-line of a broken one from a 1980 which looks almost exactly like the one i pulled out of my 1989 ... the only differences seem to be that the newer one looks like it has a bit more re-inforcement built in.

theres a guy parting out a 1981 who doesn't live too far away and after i sent him a pic of mine he is pretty convinced that the one up underneath his dashboard is the same.

what do you guys think ? if a 1981 bracket fits a 1989 then at least i have a bunch more years to select from if his is too worn.
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correction ... the pic i found on-line of a broken one was from a 1987.

my question still stands though ... any chance that this 1981 bracket is going to fit ?
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Russo did a lot of stuff with his brackets
I'm sure he will be on here soon


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Here I am.
No you can't use the 81 bracket, it will snap before you know it. The mechanical clutch bracket will not hold the pressure from the hydraulic clutch set up. Your best bet is to find a truck in the junkyard and try the pedal for play, make yourself a permanent clutch rod fix (or I can sell you one) while you have it all apart.

Read through this stuff and come at me with questions, I will be glad to help. I have torn mine apart a couple of times. Once to band-aid the original and then to replace with a low mile piece I snagged from an f-SD.

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/forum/s...ead.php?t=6210

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/forum/s...ead.php?t=6211

And finally a picture of the permanent clutch rod fix. I need to get a write up on this done.






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hi, and thanks for chiming in.
i read about the heim joint cure, and it is an excellent one, but my problem is with the holes on the bracket where the paper-thin plastic bushings sit . mine are wallowed out ( but not as bad as yours were !).
i realize now that the 1981 bracket is not going to work (forgot that the older trucks used a cable clutch).
now my choices are :

a) try to do a repair with jb weld and new bushings ... this is my least favourite choice because i just know that i will be re-doing this again in 2 weeks if i go that route. i don't trust myself to fill and file well enough to get those 2 holes lined up sufficiently .

b) take the hour long drive to the biggest wrecker in the area. they sell any bracket for the low, low price of $7.95 but they only have 3 trucks in stock to choose from ... i don't like my chances.

c) shop around the local wreckers ... the one i called this morning wants $125 plus tax. nasty.

d) scan craigslist every day and wait for someone to wreck one at their home; keeping my fingers crossed that their bracket is in decent shape .

i am going to call 1 or 2 local wreckers but i am not expecting any bargains there. after that, i am off in search of the $7.95 bracket, but not too hopefull.
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I'd suggest not bothering with the jb weld fix, it lasted a few months for me, but it isn't great and was squeaking with a couple days. The Heim joint fix is just another preventative thing, once you fix the bracket, the pivot is now the weak point and will give you slop. I'd just do it all at once, it's easier with the bracket and column out anyway.
If you haven't found one by the time I do, I can probably get you one pretty cheap.


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i agree 100 % . i managed to find a private seller who has one for $75.oo ... since these things are getting pretty rare i have to consider that a decent price. will get ahold of it on the weekend and not bother with what would probably be a fruitless 1 hour drive each way.
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Good good. If that falls through PM me. If all goes right I'll be headed to get a trans from a 91, could probably get the pedal assembly for cheap as well.
Good luck to ya.


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well ... i got lucky on this one ... i was at the wrecker looking for other parts and they had just gotten in a 1991 f250 the day before and it had an EXCELLENT pedal bracket. i grabbed the whole thing, pedals and all and installed it into my truck. i didn't even bother to replace the bushings since this assembly felt like new. it now shifts great but grabs quite far up on the pedal travel which means i probably put a lot of wear on my clutch disc with all that poor shifting i was doing with the old worn bracket. a word of warning ... if you are having problems with the clutch not releasing properly (lots of play in the pedal) ... start looking around for a bracket right away !

now on to other repairs ...
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Good to hear. If I had known about the pedal problems three years ago I would of had the stock clutch a lot longer.


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