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Swingdown Pedals

As you know, the old Flatfender Jeeps had a brake and clutch pedal that, when depressed, passed through the floorboard to linkage under the body. Because of the transplanted Ford 289, this was going to be a problem for me.

Ideally, I would have liked to use a swingdown pedal assembly from a CJ-5 or CJ-7 and simply follow the same arrangement for linkage and such. This was not going to be as easy as it might first appear.

The later model jeeps have a mounting point for the swingdown pedals that is higher than can be used in a Flatfender Jeep due to the difference in dashboard designs. The Flatfenders have a much shorter dash area so, an alternative was needed.

I first considered a set of pedals from a small import but that just seemed too messy and unprofessional looking. I started searching on the web for alternatives and found the Wilwood company. This seemed to be just what I was looking for.

Wilwood produces a variety of pedals for off road and racing applications. They are rugged and well engineered. They look great and are compact. I ordered a set of dual pedals (one for the brake and one for the clutch) that were setup for a single clutch master cylinder and dual brake master cylinders.

I wanted to use power brakes so the dual brake master cylinder arrangement was going to need to be modified. This was simple enough. I just changed the push rod system that it was originally setup for from dual to single and problem solved.

The finished product! (well, almost finished)