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Old 09-12-2014, 07:00 AM
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Decide I had better look at a brake problem that I have had since last year (don't want to be to hasty). After removing the master cylinder I found that the booster unit was full of brake fluid so I started to remove it. It says in the manual to remove the 4 bracket to dash panel retaining nuts and washers. Are these the same nuts that are holding the rear of the pedal support bracket and what is the best way to remove them and put them back afterwards?

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Old 09-12-2014, 12:10 PM
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Yes. Those are 'cage nuts' attached to your brake pedal support inside, and they don't need to be removed.

I see where the manual is headed... Some fasteners are studs with nuts in the engine compartment. Other fasteners used were bolts that went through the firewall, into the brake pedal support.

Either way, cage nuts were used on the brake pedal support. Some of these nuts have two 'ears'. When squeezed, they simply fall out of the square hole they are in. Sometimes it's a pain to squeeze them and put them back in. Sometimes they get lost, and you end up with a big square hole.

Carefully, loosen the bolts or nuts at the firewall bracket, so you don't disturb the nuts inside. The nuts should stay in place, making this job a whole lot easier. - Dave
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Old 09-12-2014, 09:33 PM
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Hi Dave

Sorry I'm going to sound a bit blond here. The bolts that go through the firewall dont have any heads on the outside in the engine bay they are flat. They go through the firewall under the dash and also go through the pedal box support with nuts on the inside.
Your saying not to remove those nuts and to remove the nuts from the braket directly behind the booster in the engine bay?
Ok I have done that but I can't seem to be able to pull the booster away from the bracket. I have disconnected the pedal arm from the inside. God nows were that clip went it flew of at a rate of knots?

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Old 09-13-2014, 05:11 AM
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Here's a picture of a nasty OEM booster for a Squarebird:

Notice that the bracket is RIVETED to the booster (in four places). When we convert to modern boosters, we carefully grind those rivets off and reuse the firewall bracket, and all the hardware all the way back to the brake pedal.

I have another picture, but it doesn't show the inside Brake Pedal Support Bracket:

If you have round head screws on the engine side of the firewall, the original bolts have been replaced.

It's really no big deal, but originally, the inside Brake Pedal Support Bracket had cage nuts that rattled around on the square bolt holes. When the bolts were drawn tight, the cage nuts were 'solid'. As I mentioned, you either had threaded studs in those nuts or a 3/8" fine-thread bolt in each of the four holes. Fine thread bolts may be a challenge to find as a replacement, so they probably used 'whatever'. If you have the luxury of another helper, holding the nuts inside while turning bolts from the outside, that will work. In 'production' operations, one guy did it all, which is why the cage nuts.

The firewall bracket has what I call, a pivot link/arm (2A150 in the picture). A bolt holds it at the bottom, a clevis pin holds the brake pedal rod to the center, and another clevis pin connects the top of the link to the booster rod. These clevis pins should be standard 3/8" diameter with a spring clip going through the ends of the pins. The large holes on the sides of the firewall bracket are there for easy access to the clevis pins.

Once the rivets are removed, this firewall bracket will work nicely with modern two-stage 8" boosters (and dual piston master cylinders). A few of our members have done this conversion and we have pictures. - Dave
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:27 AM
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Thanks Dave I've removed it. For some reason I was thinking the pedal arm came straight out to the booster. Good job I looked at that diagram you sent, duh.
Yes I have a new dual brake master cylinder from a 67-70 Mustang. I'll let you know how I go and take some pics.
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Phil, if your Squarebird came with this booster and firewall bracket, you are very lucky. To find or make another to replace it can hardly be done for under US$50. I have never seen a firewall bracket riveted to the booster on any other car.

So with the addition of a one-to-two inch spacer, you can grind off your old booster and mount a new modern booster, re-using all the original parts from the firewall bracket back to the brake pedal. That's huge; it saves a lot of work already done by Ford. Notice, there is a brake pedal adjustment at the brake pedal bolt. It has an offset 'snail cam' type of adjustment when you turn the bolt.

There is another very important adjustment (covered in the Shop Manual) between the booster and the master cylinder. All boosters have this adjustment 'jack screw' with a jam nut. It cannot be seen when the booster and master are assembled so the only way to measure this clearance is by putting the parts together with some clay, Play-Dough, or (don't laugh) a piece of **processed cheese. When the pedal is at rest, there should be NO slop. Just as important, there should be NO pressure. Properly set up, the jack screw should come up to, but not push on, the master cylinder's piston.

**Over here in the US, we call it "American Cheese". One mile across the Detroit river in Canada, they call it, "Canadian Cheese". I don't care what it's called, it's what I want on my cheeseburgers. Sometimes I buy it with a wrapper on each slice. When using it for measuring, I leave the wrapper on and I cut off a small square. Try not to leave it in your brake parts after you're done. - Dave
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Hi stubbie and Phil,
I am going down the same path with dual MC.
Phil can you send photo's please from your club on how they did it. I can get a Mustang MC in Australia but the booster is a problem. You mentioned fitting bracket to new/modern dual booster. I need to know what type.
I have even heard Toyota will fit but need to know type.
Any help from you two would be great.
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Hi stewie

I'm one and the same. I haven't gotten around to reinstalling my booster and mc as yet unfortunately I have been really busy making a dollar for my employer. I'm using a 67-70 Mustang mc and I had my booster rebuilt by Terry at Hydroboost in Victoria. Luckily he had a kit to fit my booster sitting on his shelf otherwise he was going to arrange something to fit. I had spoken to a guy on the American Fords Forum and he said that he is using a booster from a Nissan and it works really well but he doesn't know which one and the guy who did the work for him had retired and couldn't find out. So thats all the info I have. If you want to speak to Terry at Hydroboost here is his email address below. He is probably the best person to speak to. He is quite knowledgable and is very helpfull. I think you could possibly use a Ford Xbc master and Nissan booster also.

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Hi Phil,
Realized after post you are one and the same. I was after Dave as he said he had photos of the M/C installations from his club members. I have taken photos to send to Terry in Victoria and see what he comes up with for the booster. Do you have drum/drum brakes? I am confused about which MC to use as some say 67-70 and others 73 Mustang. Are you using a proportioning valve? If so what type?
All wheel brakes done on our girl, just MC/Booster to go.
After 6 years all electrical done after PO butchered 80% of the wiring. She's turn key now and a pleasure to drive.

Regards, Stewie (and talking jobs,about to be made redundant.maybe)
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Hi Stewie
I have drum brakes and am using 67-70 Mustang. I did buy a valve but I don't think I will need it. Look at the the links below. One is for disks brakes but might be usefull. The other i think is for a mercury but has some good info. Also added a link for valve if you think you need one. I was hoping to have mine roadworthy in December but i'm still waiting for parts to arrive from the US. Hopefully soon.

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http://www.squarebirds.org/vbulletin...ht=disc+brakes

http://www.cometeastcarclub.org/PDFs...erCylinder.pdf

http://www.carolinaclassictrucks.com...t=brake_valves
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