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Author Topic:   Clutch Pedal Setup
tyfyter
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted December 10, 2002 12:26 AM
Is there an easy way to fabricate a mechanical clutch pedal to go into an 85 Cutlass? Or which cars is best to take a clutch pedal setup out of to make work in a Cutlass? Don't want to spend the green for a racing clutch setup. Any info to get me started with ideas is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

racer17j
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Total posts: 1565
posted December 10, 2002 09:40 AM UIN: 54865418
find a 74-88 chevy truck with a 3 speed and take the pedals and all the linkages i have heard s-10 and 2nd gen camaro's will work also but we have always just used the truck stuff that we get our tranny from

outlawstock17
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 620
posted December 10, 2002 03:02 PM
some metric el caminos had manual transmissions and should have the correct linkage.

Eljojo
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 273
posted December 10, 2002 07:04 PM
There's a cable unit out now. It's available thru JR Motorsports. I haven't tried it, but it looks like a good idea.

Speed Racer X
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 61
posted December 10, 2002 09:56 PM
We bought one of the JR motorsports Kits, and are in the process of installing it. I had hoped to install it under the dash (pedal pointing down), but that is going to put the cable right where the drivers legs are. If the cable was 3' longer it would be perfect. In our car the only way we can figure out to install it is mounted on the floor (pedal pointed up). This puts the cable out of the way and at a good angle to connect to the bellhousing, but makes a very akward angle for the driver to operate the clutch. We are now looking at notching out the floor to move the pedal assembly more towards the front of the car and possibly modifying the pedal itself. I belive we can make it work, but not the bolt in installation I had hoped for. The assembly is very well made and the cable is heavy duty, would have been perfect if the cable was only about 3' longer.


Eljojo
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 273
posted December 10, 2002 10:13 PM
Speedracer X, Do you think it's a cable/clutch release from a Vega?

Speed Racer X
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 61
posted December 11, 2002 08:00 AM
I'm not familier with the Vega setup, so I'll try to describe it....It is about 3'to 4' long, each end of the OD of the housing is threaded (looks to be about 3/4") with 2 lock nuts for adjustment on each end. The cable has a 1/4 (?) threaded rod on each end alowing abou 2" of adjustment on each end. My digital camera no longer communicated with the computer any more or I'd send you a picture. Hope this helps. What do you know about a Vega Flywheel???

Pickel
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 564
posted December 11, 2002 09:39 AM UIN: 25419780
I run a stock clutch on my street stock and the way my clutch pedal is mounted is on the floor..Its mounted laying on its side with a bolt going threw the floorbord and a peace of chain plulls on the clutch arm... works great..I have been ruinning it sence 94 and never had a problom..Its cheep and easy

jhon hollomon
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 181
posted December 11, 2002 12:53 PM
I've seen lots of people do it the way Pickel has described. I had a stock linkage that worked off of the block but I changed from manifolds to headers and had to change to the floor mount idea cuz the headers were in the way.

dean_7585
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 88
posted December 11, 2002 06:44 PM
I run a cable setup. It's all hand built and works great and it hardly cost anything to make, some extra steel and buy a cable. I heard that there is a company making them now like the one I have. We've been running this one for 3 years now and not a single problem.

6pack
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 128
posted December 11, 2002 08:34 PM
Where'd you get the cable?

cmiller51
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 68
posted December 11, 2002 09:11 PM
You can also use the pedal, master cylinder, and slave cylinder from a Toyota P/U. It's an inexpensive way to have a hydraulic clutch set-up.

jhon hollomon
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 181
posted December 11, 2002 10:11 PM
We built a cable setup once. I think the cable was actualy an emergency brake cable off of a semi or a cat or something. It was durable and worked great.

tyfyter
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted December 19, 2002 11:33 PM
Thanks for all the great ideas.

juni
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 73
posted December 22, 2002 01:09 AM
Find a cable off a tow motor brake cable or use a emegency brake cable off a gm car that has a threaded stud on one end build your own pedal , The one that JR motor sports will work but the cable is too short to get it out of the way .

WillieWinn
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 19
posted December 25, 2002 12:14 PM
I used a Z-bar or bellcrank out of a 70 Chevy p/u in my Bomber. I bolted a piece of angle iron in the floorboard, then welded the pivot tube of the bellcrank to it. Then, I welded the truck pedal (shortened) to one of the bars sticking up for the left foot. The other linkage bar sticks thru a slot I cut in the floorboard. Due to geometry of the setup, the slot is only 1 inch long. Then the adjustable linkage bar runs up thru the clutch fork with a bolt thru the bar in front of fork. Provides a snappy short pedal. Basically It's what was lying around and I made it work. Sturdy, FREE. Race cheap, it's funner!

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