1969 -70 Mustang Clutch Pedal bushing replacement.
Even though you only have to replace the clutch bushing, I recommend replacing the brake pedal bushings as well as the bushings only cost about a dollar each, the main "cost" of this job is the labor involved. It is so simple to replace the brake bushings once you have the clutch pedal out, you mind as well do them as well. If nothing else, at least clean and lube the brake pedal bushings!
You'll need clutch and/or brake bushings. To my knowledge, they are no longer available from Ford, but you can get some from the Mustang Parts Vendors, National Parts Depot carries them for the brakes and the 69-70 clutches. You can even get the standard Ford type from Napa.
The biggest problem I had was getting the green clutch return spring back on. It is compressed during normal operation, and throughout the pedal stroke, it never fully decompresses. Therefore, in order to reinstall the spring, you have to pull the pedal, bracket and steering column out of the car (what the shop manual recommends) or find a way to compress the spring. Since I was replacing the bushings anyway, I pulled the clutch pedal out without compressing the spring. Be careful, and wear eye protection. Don't stick your head near the spring because it will "pop" out. The ends of the spring have nylon bushings on them, so be careful not to destroy them when you pull the pedal out.
Although I didn't try it, you might be able to compress the spring in the car.
Now, here is the trick. The spring has lots of force, and it can't be compressed with string or nylon zip ties. The secret I stumbled across is to use thin hose clamps (gas line) and double two up. Wrap the hose clamps around the coils of the spring and tighten down on the clamps. Be sure you can access the screw heads on the clamps. You'll need two screw clamp assemblies (one for each half of the spring) to compress it. Once the spring is compressed, you can just lift it out and the pedal can be removed quite simply.
While the pedal is out, remove the brake stop switch and then the brake pedal. It is held in place with a screw and nut through the pivot of the brake pedal. Once the bolt and nut are removed, raise the brake pedal up, rotate 90 degrees, and guide down and out.
Clean the shafts, lube the bushings, and your ready for reassembly. Install the brake pedal first, and tighten fully. Don't reattach the stop switch as if it is removed, you have more room to work. Install the clutch pedal (without the spring), push all the way in so you can install the spring retaining clip but don't install it yet. Before you reinstall the clutch spring, inspect the clamps to ensure soundness. Put the spring in a vice, compress further if possible and tighten the clamps. You are now ready to reinstall the spring. With the spring fully compressed, you simply place it in it's correct location (lube the nylon bushings on the end of the spring) and loosen the screw clamps. Install the clutch retaining clip and you're ready to go!
The only problem with this procedure is it will scratch the spring. I used some touch up paint to restore the scratches.
You'll find that this is lots easier if the driver's seat is removed from the vehicle.
It took me about 2 hours to do this, but I discovered the screw clamp secret after trying other things.
Last Update - This Page: June 10, 1999