Full bearing brake pedal repair

The brake pedal was very loose, it was hitting the steering column and after I put a geo metro booster, braking was a little bit dangerous, the brake pedal sometimes got stuck at the column until clutch was fully pressed, here's how I fexed it.

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After remove the entire assembly form the car, I've got everything inside a molasses solution (a.k.a. piloncillo en Mexico) to turn oxid in mud and make it easier to remove. With a clean, rust-free painted part I just installed a rebuild kit, since it is basically the same setup as a mustang I went fot it, but after looking the available options I decided to use the bearing based one.


Standard rebiuld kit, it uses plastic bushings that really doesn’t last enough.

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Bearing based rebuild kit. It uses two needle bearings instead of plastic bushings, but then I noticed that it still uses two plastic bushings for the brake pedal, not good enough, but still the best option, let’s improve!

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What if I use the same bearings at the brake pedal and have a full bearing setup? After looking closely at the bearings the type emerges, it uses a SCE1010 bearing, then I purchased a couple ones on eBay.

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INA SCE1010 bearings are 5/8 interrnal diameter x 13/16 outside diameter x 5/8 wide.

Taking the same idea from the kit I sent my brake pedal to the machine shop in order to make the bearings fit in properly, they made a good job and I don’t have to use any plastic bushings anymore. Those needle bearings rock!

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One more thing, if you are planning to use bearings on your pedals , make sure you are replacing the pin, needle bearings needs to run on a smooth surface to work properly.

The final result is excellent, bearings will last much longer and in the future I will only have to press a new set of bearings to rebuild my pedals.

Power brakes for a 64 - 65 Ford Falcon.

I made this upgrade on my own 65 Falcon, but I was not happy with the way everybody is installing the booster drilling extra holes and filling with washers,  so I made a bracket for an easy fit.

Electrical power steering (EPAS) on a 1965 Falcon

Putting an electrically power asisted steering (EPAS) on a classic car is not a new idea, but it may work really well for me.

Step 1. Get a 2005 saturn or vue electric power steering module, be sure to get every rod and connection attached to it, it will be used later.

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Step 2. 

Get a 1965 Mustang steering column because this conversion requires to cut the column, it is a lot easyer to cut a Mustang one without a column shift that one from a Falcon, unfortunately this conversion requires to drop the column shifter, so you must find the way  to put a floor shifter. I will put a 4 speed toploader but this is a subjet for another entry.

Optionally you may get a falcon column and steering box, if you need to go back to he original setup you will be able to.

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On this picture, from top to bottom: 65 Mustang column, Falcon shifter column and in the lower row is the EPAS, mechanical connections from the donor car and a Falcon steering box with a cutted input shaft.

Step 3.

If your car has a long input shaft steering box, you will find that there is no oil seal at the input shaft and the lower end from the steering column has a rubber seal to protect the internal parts at the steering box. Because I will use a slightly different column from a 65 mustang, there will be no seal at the input shaft.


First, cut the input shaft about 3 inches from the steering box enclosure, now it is a good time to rebuild the steering box, this is a good tutorial on how to do it.

With a fully disassembled steering box, take the brearing adjuster to the machine shop and make two modifications, cut the input shaft nozzle and cut a “box" for the new oil seal, a good option for this application is 3/4"x1-1/4” IMPORTANT NOTE. Make sure to take the bearing race center, otherwise the oil seal will no be propperly aligned with the input shaft.

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After. Bearing adjuster with a new oil seal.

Second. Take the input shaft and make a double D connection for the connection hardware. 

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Keep the connection as close as possible, an adjustable connection rod is a great advantage.

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Replace al bearings from the steering box and reassemble.

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