A long time ago, I decided that a mechanical clutch linkage was not going to fulfill the design intent I had in mind for my car. The factory 70 Mustang clutch “Z-Bar” linkage intrudes heavily on the under hood space where you’d rather put headers and generally clutters up that corner of the engine bay. After a lot of research, I decided I liked the look of the latest generation of hydraulic clutch kits from Modern Driveline.
Since my plan is to run a “Z-spec” T5 transmission and late model Fox body Mustang bell housing, clutch, 157-tooth flywheel and mini-starter, I wanted something that was simple and easy to install. Generally speaking, I seem to have gotten that in this kit.Knowing ahead of time that Mustang firewalls are all over the map as far as hole stamping locations are concerned, I was prepared to have to do some tweaking to the parts to make them fit as I had intended. As such, when I began to trial fit the clutch master cylinder mounting flange to the inboard side of the firewall, I knew right away what measures would be required to make it fit properly. So out came the template paper and off I went.
The flange, as it is shipped, is a symmetrical shape, but I quickly learned that to fit my specific car, I would need to trim and contour the right side edge of the mounting flange to work with the stamping contours of the firewall. My mission was to do nothing more than drill the required mounting holes and as luck would have it, I was able to meet that goal with very careful positioning of the flange.With the mounting flange modified and fitting the firewall well, I moved to the outboard side of the firewall and with the help of my Dad, was able to secure the mount into place to verify the fit of the master cylinder and the original booster. Fortunately, the Wilwood master cylinder bolted right up to the base adapter and the factory booster popped right into place with absolutely no interference whatsoever. The fit is snug, but extremely clean and tidy. Coupled with the rack and pinion steering and a restored booster, this area of the engine bay should be very clean and functional with a look that defies the observer to recognize it as anything but stock. So far……I love it!
|Here is the firewall mount for the master cylinder. The original clutch rod hole is intact and unmodified although the new master cylinder hole location is to the far right of the original (larger) clutch rod hole in this shot.|
|Here is the Wilwood master cylinder mocked up on the new mount. Cleeeeeeeeean!|
|Here is the view of the new master cylinder and pushrod from the "business end".|
|The clearance to the original vacuum booster is quite adequate even though this shot makes it look rather close.|
|This view give a much better idea of how much clearance there actually is. I think I'm going to like this!|