Brake pedal repair and improvements

Initially 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, 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!

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.


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 jobn and I don’t have to use any plastic bushing anymore. Those needle bearings rock!

One more thing, if you are planning to use bearings on your pedals , make sure you are replacing the pin, needle bearings need 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 65 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.

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