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Finished my clutch pedal mod...

For me, I have always disliked how close the clutch and brake pedals are. I'm always tapping the edge of the brake pedal when I push the clutch or my feet rub if I am using both pedals, so, I thought about it for a few days and came up with an idea. I bought some small square tubing, and did some cutting and shaping and made a spacer. I then took a second clutch pedestal lever, and cut off what I needed. I removed the clutch pedal lever from the Sport, and went to work. I first drilled the holes I needed through the spacer, and the two clutch pedal levers that all lined up, and kept the actual pedal of the lever at the same height. Once I had the fit right, I removed the lower part of the  Sport's clutch lever, and bolted on the "new" clutch pedal section and spacer. It moved the clutch pedal to the left a little over an inch which actually made a on of difference, and the work I did is all painted black, and hidden by the dash, although if it showed, it wouldn't be noticed. Now that I am happy with the assembly, it will all be tack welded together, although I'm sure the fasteners I used would hold just fine. Pics coming later.
'88 Sport--T-5,MGW shifter,Trick Flow R intake,Ed Curtis cam,Trick Flow heads,Scorpion rockers,75mm Accufab t-body,3G,mini starter,Taurus fan,BBK long tube headers,O/R H-Pipe, Flowamaster Super 44's, deep and deeper Cobra R wheels, Mass Air and 24's,8.8 with 3.73's,140 mph speedo,Mach 1 chin spoiler,SN-95 springs,CHE control arms,aluminum drive shaft and a lot more..

Finished my clutch pedal mod...

Reply #1
I don't have a problem with the clutch pedal, it's the brake and gas. With my boots on it gets stuck under the brake pedal. Thank god for 2 feet.
Old Grey Cat to this.88 Cat, 5.0 HO, CW mounts, mass air, CI custom cam, afr165's, Tmoss worked cobra intake, BBK shorty's,off road h pipe, magnaflow ex. T-5,spec stage 2 clutch, 8.8 373 TC trac loc, che ajustables with bullits on the rear. 11" brakes up front. +

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Reply #2
Quote from: Kitz Kat;436272
I don't have a problem with the clutch pedal, it's the brake and gas. With my boots on it gets stuck under the brake pedal. Thank god for 2 feet.
Not to thread-jack, but I have this problem too!
CoogarXR : 1985 Cougar XR-7

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Reply #3
I have three letters for you: AOD:p
88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, bunch of other stuff.

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Reply #4
Quote from: thunderjet302;436277
I have three letters for you: AOD:p

When my car was AOD I still couldn't stand to drive it wearing boots.  The damn pedals are way too close together.  One of the only real complaints I've ever had about my 'bird.
'88 'bird, 1-family owned, original 302 converted to HO, T-5 swap, CHE upper/lower control arms, weld-in SFC's, BBK shorty headers & O/R H-pipe, Dynomax mufflers, fox GT tailpipes, Turbo Coupe 8.8 w/3.73's, 11" front brakes, lowered, Tokico Blue shocks/struts, Chuck W shock adapters and motor mounts, 15:1 rack & PS pump, custom alum. driveshaft, chrome '93 Cobra wheels, Falken tires, 20% tint, close to 190,000 miles!

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Reply #5
I agree the gas and brake are way too close. i seriously though about modifying mine when i did my t-5 swap, but time was an issue then. i ocassionally get my steel toes stuck under the break, but i wear a 15 wide...
Quote from: jcassity
I honestly dont think you could exceed the cost of a new car buy installing new *stock* parts everywhere in your coug our tbird. Its just plain impossible. You could revamp the entire drivetrain/engine/suspenstion and still come out ahead.
Hooligans! 
1988 Crown Vic wagon. 120K California car. Wifes grocery getter. (junked)
1987 Ford Thunderbird LX. 5.0. s.o., sn-95 t-5 and an f-150 clutch. Driven daily and going strong.
1986 cougar.
lilsammywasapunkrocker@yahoo.com

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Reply #6
How tall/big are you/ your feet that you keep hitting both pedals? Or what boots are you guys buying? I'm 5'9", 150, with a size 9.5 shoe and I can touch one pedal without hitting the other one. Of course I always were shoes when I drive.
88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, bunch of other stuff.

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Reply #7
6' 190 size 10.5 shoe.  I actually have yet to find another car where my feet are so comfortable.  I can go back & forth between the gas and brake in traffic easily.  The pedals are the right height from the floor as well.  I notice that my S197 pedal height does a number on my ankles on a long journey.
-- 05 Mustang GT-Whipplecharged !!
--87 5.0 Trick Flow Heads & Intake - Custom Cam - Many other goodies...3100Lbs...Low12's!

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Reply #8
It would be easy to move the brake pedal as i did the clutch. If it's an AOD car, only one pedal to move. 5 speed, gotta do them both. I have had no issues yet. I just got my new clutch and brake pedal pads as well. I ordered them from 5.0resto...they have "5.0" on each one. Now to get the 5 speed Mustang gas pedal in. I've had it for 5 years on the shelf.
'88 Sport--T-5,MGW shifter,Trick Flow R intake,Ed Curtis cam,Trick Flow heads,Scorpion rockers,75mm Accufab t-body,3G,mini starter,Taurus fan,BBK long tube headers,O/R H-Pipe, Flowamaster Super 44's, deep and deeper Cobra R wheels, Mass Air and 24's,8.8 with 3.73's,140 mph speedo,Mach 1 chin spoiler,SN-95 springs,CHE control arms,aluminum drive shaft and a lot more..

Finished my clutch pedal mod...

Reply #9
Quote from: thunderjet302;436285
How tall/big are you/ your feet that you keep hitting both pedals? Or what boots are you guys buying? I'm 5'9", 150, with a size 9.5 shoe and I can touch one pedal without hitting the other one. Of course I always were shoes when I drive.

lol...I'm only 6' 4" 215 lbs and wear a little ole size 14.  I guess that could be part of my problem, huh?  Tennis shoes are fine, but boots are really dangerous for me to wear and drive the 'bird.
'88 'bird, 1-family owned, original 302 converted to HO, T-5 swap, CHE upper/lower control arms, weld-in SFC's, BBK shorty headers & O/R H-pipe, Dynomax mufflers, fox GT tailpipes, Turbo Coupe 8.8 w/3.73's, 11" front brakes, lowered, Tokico Blue shocks/struts, Chuck W shock adapters and motor mounts, 15:1 rack & PS pump, custom alum. driveshaft, chrome '93 Cobra wheels, Falken tires, 20% tint, close to 190,000 miles!

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Reply #10
Quote from: 50tbrd88;436322
lol...I'm only 6' 4" 215 lbs and wear a little ole size 14.  I guess that could be part of my problem, huh?  Tennis shoes are fine, but boots are really dangerous for me to wear and drive the 'bird.

See another reason why being over 6 feet tall makes life more difficult :p
88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, bunch of other stuff.

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Reply #11
6'5 And 190ish. Tennis shoes aren't bad as was already said. my steel toe is what really gets me. on an aod i keep my foot sideways and only use my toes between pedals.
Quote from: jcassity
I honestly dont think you could exceed the cost of a new car buy installing new *stock* parts everywhere in your coug our tbird. Its just plain impossible. You could revamp the entire drivetrain/engine/suspenstion and still come out ahead.
Hooligans! 
1988 Crown Vic wagon. 120K California car. Wifes grocery getter. (junked)
1987 Ford Thunderbird LX. 5.0. s.o., sn-95 t-5 and an f-150 clutch. Driven daily and going strong.
1986 cougar.
lilsammywasapunkrocker@yahoo.com

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Reply #12
There you go i am built to be a CAR GUY. Not only with my sharp mind but also a TALL ITALIAN. I am 5'6" 177 and my shoe size is 8. Perfect fit for those pedals. But i am still waiting to see the MOD VINNIE. Over the years i have modified many a pedal assembly. Looking forward to see what you did.

Note i am reading your posts and i am amazed at the size of you guys.(( HOLY CRAP))  WOW. That is what i get being ITALIAN i am a short shit. But JR is big 6'2" 215 but he takes after his grandfather on my wife's side. Be safe and have a great day guys.

:bowdown:
I spend money I don't have, To build  cars I don't need, To impress people I don't know

HAVE YOU DRIVEN A FORD LATELY!!

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Reply #13
I will try and have a picture up today. I'm 6' and 210 pounds, and have size 10 1/2 shoes, and those pedals being so close just wasn't working at all.
'88 Sport--T-5,MGW shifter,Trick Flow R intake,Ed Curtis cam,Trick Flow heads,Scorpion rockers,75mm Accufab t-body,3G,mini starter,Taurus fan,BBK long tube headers,O/R H-Pipe, Flowamaster Super 44's, deep and deeper Cobra R wheels, Mass Air and 24's,8.8 with 3.73's,140 mph speedo,Mach 1 chin spoiler,SN-95 springs,CHE control arms,aluminum drive shaft and a lot more..

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Reply #14
Interested to see pics of the mod!  Sounds like something I may need to look into someday.
'88 'bird, 1-family owned, original 302 converted to HO, T-5 swap, CHE upper/lower control arms, weld-in SFC's, BBK shorty headers & O/R H-pipe, Dynomax mufflers, fox GT tailpipes, Turbo Coupe 8.8 w/3.73's, 11" front brakes, lowered, Tokico Blue shocks/struts, Chuck W shock adapters and motor mounts, 15:1 rack & PS pump, custom alum. driveshaft, chrome '93 Cobra wheels, Falken tires, 20% tint, close to 190,000 miles!

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