Today I decided to fit the refurbished pedal cluster I bought 3-4 years ago (Lewis will be pleased to hear this). The refurb was easy and the parts readily available from a number of sources (thanks Matt). Removing the old one brought the first lesson; the cluster does not come out in one piece, or doesn’t come easily. It’s better to partly disassemble it in situ and also to reassemble in parts. The job is easier with a pit as you need to disconnect the clutch (and adjust afterwards) and also remove the plate covering the fuel pump to get at two pedal cluster mounting nuts. Refitting is the reverse of removal as it says in a certain well know car repair handbook, or at least it appears to. Lesson number two is to get all of the parts into place before you tighten any of the many connections and mounting bolts. If you don’t you may find you have to strip parts again because something won’t go into place.
Eventually everything was in place so I tightened it all down and the final job was to adjust the clutch cable. The friend whose pit it was helped by repressing the pedal for the final check. It needed a small adjustment and as I winner to tighten the nuts there was that sickening moment when you break something important. The extension of the gearbox casting through which the clutch cable goes had snapped off and at first glance it looked terminal as the bracket looks to be part of the gearbox side plate. (Pics below).i was going to stop for the day and leave it for another day to find out the extent of my error, but my friend said why not have a good look to ensure it isn’t a detachable part. Thankfully it is, so I have options; get it welded, buy a new one, buy an old one from somewhere or make a new one from steel which I can do quickly. Important question, does anyone have one of these brackets lying around?
For anyone considering the pedal cluster refurb it’s not hard but it’s not quick either. Call for top tips if necessary