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Gas pedal spring on my 65
« on: February 13, 2010, 04:18:31 PM »
I bought this gas pedal spring for my '65, but for the life of me I can't figure out how to install it.  When I bought the car many years ago, the spring was missing.  I don't think it is necessary, but I am anal retentive and want it orirginal, so want the spring attached.  I can't seem to get the pedal removed.  The bolt just does not want to come out.  Does anybody know how to attach it and how to remove the pedal?  Pics would help this anal retentive man.   ;D

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Re: Gas pedal spring on my 65
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2010, 06:33:36 PM »
Driving a car without that spring is a felony in many states so I'll do my best to get you legal again.
First the pedal has to come off. A large Phillips head screw driver is needed to remove the shoulder screw. Looking at the picture you posted of the spring, from the bottom up, the "curved" part of the spring goes on the arm coming down to the pedal, the next bend hooks under the Phillips head screw at the right inside of the two screw retaining "tangs" and the last sharp right angle bend goes flat on the pedal. There may be a slot for the end of the spring on the pedal. It's a pain type of installation, so I've used a piece of tape on the spring to the pedal, then position the "curved" part on the arm and slide the Phillips head screw in. Long necks help.
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Re: Gas pedal spring on my 65
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2010, 06:43:33 PM »
I can't get the damn phillips screw out to take the pedal off. .   Once I get that figured out, I guess I can install the spring.  It's not a felony here is Texas though.  The inspection guys are clueless regarding these old Mustangs. 

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Re: Gas pedal spring on my 65
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2010, 09:37:25 AM »
You might check with your local Toyota dealer for help.  I understand they are experts on solving gas pedal issues.
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Re: Gas pedal spring on my 65
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2010, 12:18:31 PM »
HA HA to funny Fastback  ;D ;D Good One

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Re: Gas pedal spring on my 65
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2010, 01:06:44 PM »
Glen,
  I've had a couple of stuck accelerator pedal screws to deal with in the past. The solution is sort of easy. Make sure you have a replacement screw before you try this. Also keep in mind that there is a spring nut on the end (right hand side) of the screw that may or may not be the removal problem or even be there.
Pop the hood; remove the accelerator arm to the carb; remove the three 14-10X5/8 hex head sheet metal screws that attach the accelerator arm pivot to the firewall; back inside, flip the arm for access to the Phillips screw; use ANYTHING to get the screw out - vice grips, hacksaw, Dremel, words - etc. You can figure out the rest.
Oh, and thank the automobile gods there is no computer in a 1965 Mustang - (or offensive carpet either).
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Re: Gas pedal spring on my 65
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2010, 02:45:43 PM »
Thanks Jim....I will eventually get that screw out.  I have cut off wheels, sawzalls and BF pliars.  I also found this picture, even though it is not really clear, it gives me a good idea of how to install the spring. 

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Re: Gas pedal spring on my 65
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2010, 06:00:04 PM »
The long part of the spring goes to the top of the pedal. You got it positioned upside down.
Ah, 3:00, time for a glass of CRW.
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Re: Gas pedal spring on my 65
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2010, 05:41:17 PM »
That pic is one I got off the internet.  It's not mine.  OK, so the pic shows the spring upside down.  I can deal with that once I get the damn pedal off.  It's too cold out in the garage right now, so maybe I will fool with that come Spring. 

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Re: Gas pedal spring on my 65
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2010, 12:31:27 PM »
Yep, that spring is a pain in the a$$.  Do what 66 says, undo the whole thing from the firewall, then you can get it to a position where you can actually see what you're doing.

The screw on mine was stuck but once I could see what was happening, I figured out that it's just real particular about the angle it goes in/out.  I bet with some finagling you can get it done.

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Re: Gas pedal spring on my 65
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2010, 06:00:03 PM »
Hmmm Interesting.  I got my spring on without taking off the screw.  Just set it inside the pedal and spring the little hook side over the pedal rod.  It works fine.
I figured this out after an hour of trying to get the screw off to no avail....

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Re: Gas pedal spring on my 65
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2010, 11:20:19 PM »
why is this little spring such a big deal? and why is it illegal?

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Re: Gas pedal spring on my 65
« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2010, 11:57:07 AM »
It keeps the pedal from flopping from side to side supposedly.  Mine had a little play in it, but not enough to be dangerous.  It's not illegal to run without it though.  Mine was missing for 20 years, and passed inspection every year.  Tell James W to kiss my ass the next time you visit the classic section of the "Other" site. 

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Re: Gas pedal spring on my 65
« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2010, 01:04:34 PM »
The "gas pedal spring missing police" will find you and take you away to a dark place.

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Re: Gas pedal spring on my 65
« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2010, 02:12:46 PM »
Yeah, as if I am really worried.  ;D I finally got the damn thing on, but it's not really worth the effort. My back muscles still hurt. 

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Re: Gas pedal spring on my 65
« Reply #15 on: April 21, 2010, 10:47:36 PM »
yeah, I dont really like him. I havent been on classic section like i used to be though and i havent even gave him a chance but he seems.... funny...

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Re: Gas pedal spring on my 65
« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2010, 10:58:39 PM »
He's an arrogant asshole and sucks up to to the admin of that site.

 

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