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snaponbob Bob Buxbaum
Lees Summit, MO, USA   USA
I want to remove the original clutch master cylinder. It appears to be impossible. The right side nut is easy to get off. However, I see absolutely no viable method to remove the left side nut. There is no room to get a socket in there, and a wrench can not be used either. It seems that the studs were tack welded AFTER the nuts were secured.

Who has an answer?

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dlrhine Dave Rhine
South, Carolina, USA   USA
Yep, it's a PITA!
I've removed & installed mine a couple times now.
It helped me to remove the pedal box mounting bolts to give a few more angles of attack.
I also ground down some wrenches & sockets to fit those close clearances.
1/4 inch drive sockets worked best for me.
Difficult, sure, but very doable...
Good Luck



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dimini Don Ipock
Kansas City, MO, USA   USA
Yep, I’ve been there, too. With the OEM Lockheed MC, it’s actually easier to remove the 8 fasteners holding down the pedal box and lift up the whole unit, including pedals, to gain access to the difficult nut. If you replace it with a current Taiwanese-made MC, it will be easier to manage as the plastic reservoir of the current 3rd party MC sits on top, and doesn’t block the reach of a wrench on the more difficult fastener.

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snaponbob Bob Buxbaum
Lees Summit, MO, USA   USA
Thanks for the fast responses. After I posted the question, I took another look at the situation. That gave me some more insight, and a Google search provided answers such as those above.

Thanks again.

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trevorwj Trevor Jessie
Louisville, KY, USA   USA
Is your username "snaponbob" because you are a Snap On dealer?
I use a 1/4" drive with a wiggle socket and extension. Pretty easy once you find the right length extension.



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edforrest Ed Forrest
Atlanta Metro, USA   USA
While we are on this subject...

What has been used (other than $$$$$ Tilton) as a universal brake and clutch master? I see several units...would require new mounting points...but it's just metal!!

Thanks, ed

snaponbob Bob Buxbaum
Lees Summit, MO, USA   USA
In reply to # 3716477 by trevorwj Is your username "snaponbob" because you are a Snap On dealer?
I use a 1/4" drive with a wiggle socket and extension. Pretty easy once you find the right length extension.

I was for nearly 20 years. I didn't keep any of those sockets, but I should have. That said, If you say it works, okay. But, while I was thinking I wish I had them, it's hard to imagine it would work. But, if say it would, I guess it would !!

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GeorgeOhr Nonya Business
Yes, confused, USA   USA
3/8 drive wiggle extension and no problem, no sweat for me but I've done this for a little while.

snaponbob Bob Buxbaum
Lees Summit, MO, USA   USA
In reply to # 3716862 by GeorgeOhr 3/8 drive wiggle extension and no problem, no sweat for me but I've done this for a little while.

With the original clutch master cylinder? At 68, I have spun wrenches ALL my life, and spent 20 of those years SELLING those tools with Snap-On. Given that a 1/4" drive socket can NOT get in there, a 3/8" drive NEVER will. NOT a matter of a flex, just a matter of physics. With an aftermarket, NO problem.

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trevorwj Trevor Jessie
Louisville, KY, USA   USA
A 1/4" drive wiggle socket and extension is what I have used. Maybe your MC is different? Can you post a picture?



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GeorgeOhr Nonya Business
Yes, confused, USA   USA
In reply to # 3716979 by trevorwj A 1/4" drive wiggle socket and extension is what I have used. Maybe your MC is different? Can you post a picture?

Yeah, no problem with mine; no idea if it was the original or not.

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