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1973 clutch fork boot needed
« on: March 12, 2017, 08:43:41 AM »
I also need a clutch fork boot, 1973 2.0 SOHC 4 speed. I need to be able to drive this car on dirt roads occasionally, and don't want to get a lot of dirt in the clutch. I just noticed someone else was looking for one, and was told it was not necessary. I'm assuming they are not available new. Won't a lot of dirt get in there without the boot? Thanks.

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Re: 1973 clutch fork boot needed
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2017, 09:18:46 AM »
The boot is the first thing I remove on ever Pinto I've owned. Most are torn and oily and serve nothing in relation to the clutch. If and only if dirt was to enter the bell housing, so what? It would need to be a shovel full of dirt to matter. None of my Pintos ever were dirty inside the housing. On my Pinto race cars I would drill the block plate full of 1 inch holes to allow air to enter and keep the clutch cool. Even then, very little dirt. Worry about where your going to get 2.0L engine parts in the future. That should be your big search now. On a 1 to 10, the boot is a 1 and engine parts is a 10. Alfred E. Newman of Mad comic says it best. "What me worry" or something like that.
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Re: 1973 clutch fork boot needed
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2017, 10:46:10 AM »
Ponyboy, I second comments made by dick1172762.  Mine were generally torn, greasy, and so I tossed out as well. 

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Re: 1973 clutch fork boot needed
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017, 02:55:50 PM »
Ok, thanks for the information. Where can I look for information about engine parts availability? I put a rebuilt long block in this car about 5 years ago, it has about 20,000 miles on it and is running good. Are there certain parts I should get in case I can't find them later? I searched the local auto parts store sites and they seem to have most of the common exterior parts. Are complete rebuilt long blocks still available?

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Re: 1973 clutch fork boot needed
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2017, 04:39:51 PM »
If you insist on having the original clutch fork booth, it's pretty easily available at Burton's; http://www.burtonpower.com/bellhousing-rubber-gaiter-sohc-ford-pinto-x-flow-cologne-bh6r.html
As you can see, the English use a different name for it.

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Re: 1973 clutch fork boot needed
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2017, 10:06:55 AM »
If you insist on having the original clutch fork booth, it's pretty easily available at Burton's; http://www.burtonpower.com/bellhousing-rubber-gaiter-sohc-ford-pinto-x-flow-cologne-bh6r.html
As you can see, the English use a different name for it.
Since I'm intrigued about this part and have a decent one on my 72, I seem to recall that this Burton part looks to be longer and of a possibly different shape. Does the bell housing on a Pinto have a different opening and Clutch t/o arm too?
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Re: 1973 clutch fork boot needed
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2017, 12:33:45 PM »
Your right Pintosopher about the shape. No way does it look the same plus #1, it says to use your metal clip (????) and plus #2, you have to pay postage from merry ole England. If you like to gamble, go for it. Somebody has to be first don't you know.
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Re: 1973 clutch fork boot needed
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2017, 04:25:59 PM »
Well, let’s try to make this a definitive guide on clutch boot comparison and differences, shall we?
I admit to being too fast in assuming that the opening in the four speed bellhousing would be the same as in the T9 bellhousing, apparently it isn’t.
I can supply you with an image of my installed clutch fork boot, which looks the same as Burton's item, but this is on a Ford T9 5-speed bellhousing. I don't have a type E four speed lying around, I do believe that that is the gearbox that was available in 71-74 2.0 Pinto’s.
I couldn’t find any picture of a type E with correct clutch boot, but there is a drawing in the 72 shop manual. It  looks less elongated and the angle on the snout looks different. The number “7513” doesn’t get you anywhere, because Ford seems to use this number for every clutch boot they make.
If someone could make a nice picture of the real McCoy and post it here, we can prevent future Pinto fans from acquiring the wrong item.