First, Select Your Master Cylinder
U.S. Customers: $324 + $13.45 shipping
Canadian Customers: $324 + $45.95 shipping
For more information, email me at: bduplan [at] gmail.com
This setup was recently featured in a BankShift Article as part of the G Machine Project,
a 1978 Monte Carlo that is bound for road racing.
"Since I have had hydraulic issues in the past with factory T56 equipped cars, using some of the other aftermarket solutions out there with a stock master cylinder would be a last resort. Unfortunately what we found out was that even with a remote reservoir the Malibu pedal just wouldn’t work. It was not possible to mount the master cylinder high enough for a proper pivot point on the clutch pedal. The rod was at the halfway point of the pedal, creating no mechanical leverage to the master cylinder and making it difficult to push on the pedal. The answer was to call Bernie Duplan from SickSpeedMonte.com, who pioneered this swap over 10 years ago.
The Sick Speed Monte setup relocates the master cylinder on a bracket low to the floor, with the pushrod angling down from the top of the pedal assembly. It keeps the pushrod nice and close to the pivot point. After speaking with a few customers, it seemed like this was the way to go – even if it meant going to a stock master cylinder. But thankfully when I called Bernie, he was just about to release a new version of the pedal to work with a Tilton 75-Series master cylinder. Despite G Machine’s future in racing and its aftermarket clutch, I had every confidence that the Tilton master could do the job. The setup is sold as a complete kit through SickSpeedMonte.com with the clutch pedal, mounting bracket, master cylinder, pivot bushings, pushrod assembly, Grade 8 hardware, and instructions."
[One correction; the SickSpeedMonte pedal kit does not include the master cylinder itself. The universal master cylinders offer flexibility with adjustable pushrods, remote reservoirs, and several choices of bore diameter. The master cylinder should be selected so that it provides the fluid displacement necessary to operate the slave cylinder.]
These aftermarket masters are sometimes necessary for extreme conditions such as racing or when upgraded clutch pressure plates are used. They are available with a variety of bore diameters to satisfy any fluid displacement requirements and they can be rebuilt.
The aftermarket master bracket is sold as a kit with the current SickSpeedMonte Clutch Pedal. In addition to the current kit contents, the kit for aftermarket masters includes an adjustable pushrod assembly that is designed for the this kit. The following list is an example of the additional parts needed to plumb a Tilton 75-Series master.
The geometry in the pedal kit gives ~1.0" of stroke at the master cylinder, which bottoms out at 1.1". The amount of total stroke and the position in the pedal throw where the clutch releases can be adjusted with the adjustable-length pushrod. The pedal feel is designed to be just like the original SSM pedal which is designed to feel like a factory-stock, late-model car.
The requirements for a compatible master cylinder are:
The kit includes:
Not included are rubber pedal pad covers (2 required, available from Dorman, GM Restoration Parts, etc). It is also recommended that you install a clutch pushrod boot to the firewall to seal the cabin from the engine compartment. Extra pedal pivot bushings are a Dorman 74016.