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Old 04-02-2005, 04:28 PM
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Clutch pedal assembly for flathead

Hello folks,

As some of you may know, I have acquired a '51 flathead that I'm planning on putting in my '34 Ford 5-window. The motor came with the original 3-speed that was in the '51 Ford truck. My question is; whatís the best way to actuate the clutch, mechanical or hydraulic? I haven't bought any pedal assembly yet, so I still have some time to make a decision on this. If I go hydraulic, is it safe to assume that any solid mount that I can fabricate for the slave cylinder to work will work?

Keep in mind that I just bought a Pete & Jake's tube X member to replace the factory cross member assembly. They have a pedal assembly, both clutch and brake for a great price that will work well with the new tube X-member.

I've never dealt with installing a pedal assembly in a car. I've always been lucky to have it all there to begin with, so any help will be appreciated.

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Lee

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Hi Lee

If you are going to use that 3speed out of the '51, a mechanical clutch should work fine. In fact if you have or can get the pedal assembly out of that truck, it should hook right up using the same mounts the P&J unit uses. You'd just need to adapt the master cylinder you need for your brake set up.

If you had a mind to do a high performance overhaul on that flatty, you might consider a later model transmission and then the hydraulic clutch might be the best call.

Just my 2 cents. Sounds like a real nice project, good luck with it.

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Meteor, that leads me to a second question. I have a Saginaw 4-speed, not here to compare though. Will it mate up to that stock '51 bell housing without modifications?

There's no chance that I can get the original pedal from the truck and the car has nothing so I'm going to buy new and thought that the hydraulic would be the smart way to go.

Just looking for some direction here, thanks.

Lee
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Hi Lee

Here's a couple of links for suppliers that have some trans. conversion kits for flatties. Unfortunately I didn't see any for the saginaw.

http://www.flat-o.com/

http://www.wilcap.com/

I'm sure mating a saginaw to your 8RT will require some modifications beyond "minor". But it's not my area of experience so I don't have a clue how much custom work it would take (let alone the expense). Hopefully another flathead fan will see your post and reply with something better.

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Thanks. I've seen those two sites as well as a half dozen others. I'll stick with the 3-speed for now. The issue of the clutch remains. If no one can give me a solid reason not to use the hydraulic mater/slave system, I'm going that route.

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Dont use the hydraulic clutch, you wont like it when done. Make your own mounts and use a mechanical setup.
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Mrwood, having driven mostly hydro clutched cars during my so far short life, what about this will I not like? I'm not trying to be sarcastic, I just want to learn as much as I can so I can make an informed decision. If you think this is the best route, what do you recommend me use for a pedal assembly and where do I get it?

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