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Any tips on reinstalling pedal assembly?

PostPost by: tdskip » Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:49 pm

Moving along here in the reassembly and it is time for the pedal assembly and brake / clutch master cylinders and gas pedal to go back in.

Any tips on assembly order? Looks OK but any issues with leaving steering column out when I do this?

Thanks and hope everyone is having a good weekend.

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PostPost by: baileyman » Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:13 am

I slipped the column in last, but I do not know it that is the recommended order, so hopefully others pipe in. John
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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:09 pm

tdskip,

I have no really useful advice, the job is just very awkward, an assistant would be good but social distancing prevented that. I was kneeling on the ground next to the vehicle leaning over the sill and I really hurt myself, to the extent that my wife came to see what was wrong. I am an old man and obviously a bit brittle because at my next cancer check up I had broken ribs from leaning on the sill. Put something across the sill to spread the load.

Don’t make my mistake,

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PostPost by: saildrive2001 » Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:26 pm

I put the pedal box in first & then the steering column. When working in this area I find it easier to remove the seat which allows you to lie down in the car.
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PostPost by: patrics » Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:27 pm

Hi tdskip,
The pedal box is a difficult job and defiantly first .

On mine one off the bushes was missing which if I am cynical probably helped them with the alignment.

Anyway I would probably do it like this:
• Make good / flat the master cylinder mounting face
• Mount pedal box up complete with master cylinder and pushrod
• Check pushrod clearance and brake pedal height
• Remove the master cylinder and remount the pedal box on master cylinder mounting face
• Now work on the side mount making sure to fix the mounting at 90 degrees in all planes – not easy.
• Torque it all up
• Check that all pedal moves perfectly freely throughout there entire range of movement – Focus on the brake pedal
• Use spacers etc to fix rear mounting without biasing the box
• Check pedals move freely

Hope this makes sense as it has been a long time

Regards
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PostPost by: tdskip » Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:06 pm

Thank you for all of the tips and feedback.

I shall try not to break any ribs. Hope you are healing quickly and fully Richard!
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PostPost by: tdskip » Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:24 pm

Good morning/ afternoon gentlemen. As my car was taken apart when I bought it I am not sure, even after consulting the manuals, if there’s any padding or buffer that goes in between the metal parts of the pedal assembly and the fiberglass body.

That seems like it would be handy to know for sure before I put it back together. Grin.

Does it bolt right up to the body?

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PostPost by: patrics » Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:11 pm

Hi,
There is no padding it bolts up directly to the fibreglass - which obviously should be flat.
The pedal box has to take a lot of load so has to be right

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PostPost by: tdskip » Tue Aug 25, 2020 3:54 pm

Thanks Steve (and sorry about delayed response)!
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