SEMA 2012: McLeod’s Expands Hydraulic Clutch Conversion Kits Line

If you have ever owned a car with a cable driven clutch, you know how much fun they aren’t – they require constant adjusting and can be a bare to press down. Though if you also installed an improperly engineered hydraulic conversion kit, the clutch turns into an on/off switch. The key to a perfectly-functioning hydraulic clutch comes down to two words – pedal ratio.


Pairing with a Hydraulic Bearing

To complete your hydraulic clutch conversion, McLeod offers a hydraulic release bearing in two styles. The first (pictured right) slips over the driveshaft’s collar and is height adjustable. The second (left) replaces the actual collar and standoff height must be specified before ordering.

McLeod understands these special two words, which is one of their primary goals when it comes to developing a hydraulic clutch application. The other? Ease of installation. “I engineer all our hydraulic clutch kits from the customer’s point of view,” said Fred Taylor of McLeod. “I try to make them as dummy proof as possible.”

If you have ever driven on a vehicle with an improperly designed hydraulic clutch kit, you will know that they function as a light switch. This is due to an improper pedal ratio. Mcleod goes to great lengths to make sure that your pedal travels the same as stock, thus giving you stock-like engagement with less strain.

Currently available for 1955-57 Chevy Bel Air, 1967-69 Camaro, 1968-74 Nova, and a variety of Mustang generations, Mcleod has come up with two different kits – the full complete kit and the firewall kit. “A complete kit comes with the master cylinder, internal or external hydraulic slave cylinder, mounting brackets, remote reservoir and all necessary mounting hardware,” said Taylor. “The firewall kit will offer everything listed in the complete kit minus the slave cylinder.”

 

About the author

Mark Gearhart

In 1995 Mark started photographing drag races at his once local track, Bradenton Motorsports Park. He became hooked and shot virtually every series at the track until 2007 until he moved to California and began working as a writer for Power Automedia. He was the founding editor for its first online magazines, and transitioned into the role of editorial director role in 2014. Retiring from the company in 2016, Mark continues to expand his career as a car builder, automotive enthusiast, and freelance journalist to provide featured content and technical expertise.
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