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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 19, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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How to get brake pin back in place once you find you canít remove it

I made mistake of trying to remove brake yoke/push rod when replacing master cylinder. Even though the manual said you could do this, the pin can not be removed on a 68 with manual brakes and clutch IF the pin was installed in the wrong direction. After I found I couldnít remove it, I couldnít get it to go back. Iím sure many here know why and itís obvious when it out on floor but I couldnít see it well enough up under dash and couldnít find anything googling sites. I found reference that you canít get pin out but not anything on getting it back. So this for whoever might do same stupid thing.

The return spring is on a retainer which is on the pin between brake and yoke. You can push the pin out far enough for it to fall into the groove in pin for the retaining clip. If you relieve the tension on it from spring you can wiggle the pin back into place.
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Last edited by Sabinoerc; Nov 17th, 19 at 09:19 AM. Reason: Correction - pin canít be removed if it was installed in wrong direction
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 19, 08:18 PM
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If I remember correctly It passes thru the hole in the mount it is a PITA !! I used a scrib and long needle nose and contorted under the dash for a loot time, getting the washer in pin back in sux, but it’s doable.
It’s a fight but I’ve done it a couple times.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 19, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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Re: How to get brake pin back in place once you find you canít remove

Thanks, I read in a few posts the same comment about an access hole but could not find anything when swearing at the thing.
I still have the brake assembly out and looked again - there indeed is a hole, but my pin was installed from the wrong direction. That is, the pin in my unit was installed from the clutch pedal side towards the brake pedal side. The hole is on the side which provides access if the pin was installed from the brake pedal side towards the clutch pedal.

Iíve had my car since 74 and have never had the brake assembly out of car. Itíd be unlikely the nieghbor I bought it from would have had it out on a 6 year old car so I think it likely it was assembled that way. This would explain why some people, like me, report not being able to get pin out. Thanks, minor mystery solved for me.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 19, 07:28 PM
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The pin was probably put in when the pedals were out of the assembly. But yes your's is in backwards. That's the only explanation for your problem.

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Re: How to get brake pin back in place once you find you canít remove

Is that clevice pin in the top or bottom hole? Top hole is for cars with man brakes.
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