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Old 04-05-2002, 10:41 PM
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ok here's the question;

the stock break & clutch linkage in this truck stick out too far from the floor in my 1950 chevy truck, and I want to find another solutation. problem - seems like when using an after market linkage you have to extend the dash down to cover up the linkage.

one option I have considered it to use an early 80's camaro linkage that will have short travel, or my preferred option is shorten the stock linkage so it doesn't stick so far out of the firewall, and it is easier to reach. is this a viable option, or are there other alternatives that will not require me to extend the dash?

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Old 04-06-2002, 09:34 AM
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Hey grother , just pay attenion to the pedal ratio, it would be a shame to see you mess around with an existing pedal setup and throw this ratio off ,it will make or break the way your ride stops.Check out Baer they have a section in the rear of their catalogue which will explain this. it can be downloaded from their site. also if space is an issue check out Kugel they have a pedal setup that is actually 90 degrees from the pedal travel, trick and maybe expensive, but just might be the answer. Hope this helps, good luck and have a great day. :-)
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Old 04-06-2002, 12:56 PM
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yea I know about pedal ratio, but I have a hard time believing these old vehicles actually used 12" of pedal travel. I'm thinkining as long as the tranny is in, and the m/c that this travel should able to be tested in some way. if this turns out to be too big of a hassel I'll take some pedals from a donor vehicle.
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Old 04-10-2002, 03:20 PM
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Can I assume you are talking about the stock Chev brake/clutch cluster that comes up through the floor boards? Consider that 52 years ago that is the way they were and that is about it. It is since the advent of disc brakes and vacuum assist that we have become conditioned to believe that 3/4" of pedal travel is the right feel and movement. Any way, I have a couple of solutions for you, neither will probably make you happy.

First, you could mount a firewall mounted swing cluster. Salvage this from whatever seems like a good fit from the "you pull it". Take the whole enchilada including the dual master cylinder and vacuum canister. They work great and, are easy to mount. Since you are on this board, I assume you have a auto trans. I don't care for the vacuum canister on my firewalls, so I don't use them.

Second solution is to mount the master and vacuum canister under the floor boards to the frame rail. You can mount it about anywhere and run a rod from your existing pedal cluster to the vacuum canister to actuate it. If you use a Vega canister, you will get some assistance but a little more than none and it will not protrude under the frame rail or you can just skip the canister, you don't need it. Take a look at some of the aftermarket kits in rod sources and copy one for concept. You can work it out. In the end, you will end up with less pedal travel and you can cut the pedal rod as short as you need to satisfy your view of how long it should be. I like this setup, but some people don't like to have the breeze blowing up their leg from the wind coming in...I put my wife over there and watch her dress do the Marilyn Monroe thing! There is more to this, you need to size the master cyl to the type and size of brake cylinders you have, but you can get some advice on this.
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Old 04-10-2002, 06:13 PM
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I have a wrecked k5 sitting out there, and I can take the mc / pedal linkage from it. this is an automatic setup, and I think I would prefer to do a standard with either a muncie or a t-10 tranny. somebody recommended a early 80's camaro / ta pedal cluster to me for the short travel when I drag race this thing.

this will be a daily driver, and will have a semi mild engine, but wanna take it to play a bit. I will probably try to take a pedal setup out of a car.
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