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Default going from manual brakes to power brakes, need new brake pedal?

I talked to a local mustang shop and they said if you are going from manual brakes to power brakes, you dont need to change the pedal because the booster will take care of everything, but i was under the assumption that a power brake pedal is needed when converting? can anyone confirm this?
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There are certain booster/MC set-ups out there that allow you to use youre standard manual brake pedal (Laurel Mountain Mustang Carries these).

However, in most cases, you do need the power brake pedal as well as the pivot bolt and pedal bushings. the pivot point for a power brake pedal is farther up. This is mainly due to the force to apply pressure is less than with a manul brake system.
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When I was looking into redoing the brakes for power, the guy who was doing it for me (ASC mechanic guy) said I didn't need one. Maybe he was planning a set up as mentioned above.

In a lot of cases, if you buy the "kit" package, it costs, but they throw in everything you might possibly need.

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ok thanks, mixed results on this, just gotta make sure i get exactly what i need
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To put it simply, To install Correct working Booster on 67 68 69 70 Mustang, you will need to change the pedal.

Yes there are "Will Fit" boosters out there that "Will work", but they will not have same leverage as the Factory Power Disc setups.

Do it right, put in a Midland, or Bendix which ever you desire, and correct pedal.



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I talked to a local mustang shop and they said if you are going from manual brakes to power brakes, you dont need to change the pedal because the booster will take care of everything, but i was under the assumption that a power brake pedal is needed when converting? can anyone confirm this?
On a 67' you must change the pedal, because the power pedal is mounted in a different place than the manual pedal and generates a different amount of leverage.
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