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    Default Hydraulic clutch conversion, McLeod

    Just wanted to post a little information about the McLeod hydraulic clutch conversion for A bodies. Kinda pricey for what you get, and my biggest gripe is that the clutch master cylinder is PLASTIC! Well, hopefully it'll last. It comes with a new clutch pedal that you have to use, but it is meant for a Chevelle. I will post pics to show the difference tomorrow. I had a clutch and brake pedal assembly from a Olds 442, which looks to be the same as the Buicks and uses a bolt to hang the pedals whereas the Chevelle and McLeod uses a large rod as part of the clutch pedal that the brake pedal hangs on and uses a clip to hold it in place. So I had to buy a Chevelle clutch and brake pedal assembly to use the McLeod kit. The Chevelle setup looks like it'll bolt in but needs two holes drilled where it mounts to the body in one spot to be a perfect match...no big deal.

    So now I have a spare BOP/442 clutch and brake pedal setup I'll be selling soon and a loner Chevelle clutch pedal. Hopefully the rest of the install will go well. I wish someone would have shared this info sooner, so here it is to help others.
    Andy
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    Default Re: Hydraulic clutch conversion, McLeod

    Couldn't you just drill out the Buick mount for the Chevelle pedal? You'd probably need the Chevelle brake pedal too then.
    1970 Buick GS.....under resurrection

  3. Default Re: Hydraulic clutch conversion, McLeod

    no "kit" was available for a BUICK and appears to still be the case when I recently converted but I am very pleased with my set up. Takes work.
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.ph...-chime-in-here
    MarkO
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    Default Re: Hydraulic clutch conversion, McLeod

    Yep, I went with an American power train kit and it definitely took some on the fly fab-ing, but it works in the end.
    Shawn
    "I drive too fast to worry about my cholesterol..."
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    Default Re: Hydraulic clutch conversion, McLeod

    Quote Originally Posted by sriley531 View Post
    Yep, I went with an American power train kit and it definitely took some on the fly fab-ing, but it works in the end.
    I'll be doing the American Powertrain in a 1964 Skylark with 401 and T10, any "fab-ing" tips that would apply would be appreciated.

    Thanks.
    -Michael


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    Default Re: Hydraulic clutch conversion, McLeod

    Quote Originally Posted by ilikebmx999 View Post
    Couldn't you just drill out the Buick mount for the Chevelle pedal? You'd probably need the Chevelle brake pedal too then.
    The brake pedals are fully interchangeable between either, just the clutch pedal is different among the two. You could drill out the Buick mount but then you'd have to also add some spacers too. I just didn't want to hack up original pieces when there's correct type stuff already out there.
    Andy
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    1972 Datsun 1200 Coupe ...... Just dyno'd 285 rwhp!

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    Default Re: Hydraulic clutch conversion, McLeod

    Quote Originally Posted by TrunkMonkey View Post
    I'll be doing the American Powertrain in a 1964 Skylark with 401 and T10, any "fab-ing" tips that would apply would be appreciated.

    Thanks.
    I'll see if I can find some pictures of my install. But the two things that stand out were that the kit didn't have any provisions for mounting to the Buick so I had to make a mounting plate that bolted up, and the geometry for the linkage to the pedal was no where close as it was made for a Chevelle and they had different pedals. So I bent up and welded on a bracket to the side of the clutch pedal. A word of caution so you don't make the mistake I did though, my geometry still isn't quite right as I have an extremely short and extremely stiff clutch pedal now. I need to raise the linkage mounting point closer to the fulcrum on the pedal, to make the throw longer and lighter via leverage.
    Shawn
    "I drive too fast to worry about my cholesterol..."
    -72 Skylark- Project "Rusty Hulk"- 462ci 4 speed street bruiser
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