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Hanging pedals sorcery

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I felt like I needed something beyond the original pedal box to handle all the fury that will be occurring down south, so I built a hanging pedal box to house a Wilwood setup. This is the rough draft, the finished housing is the second picture.

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That's an innovative creation! Sure it's sturdy enough with just one mounting point?

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I used thick walled pipe hoping that it would be sturdy, but I have the same concern. The only way to know it to put it into service and see if it moves at all. If it gives me any movement, the fix I suppose is to run another bar forward and across the firewall, which I’m considering anyway, with a strut joining the vertical bar to it. The additional cross bar would be very helpful to keep the engine out of my lap in the case of an intense front end collision. 

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I think you're gonna need something. When you stand on brake it's in principle all the leverage from pedal to the crossbar. I think triangulating with a thinner tube to the firewall would be sufficient. Just make sure to use a baseplate to spread the load. Or maybe a flat plate instead of a tube, that would give also horizontal and torsional support...just thinking here.

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13 minutes ago, Tommy said:

I think you're gonna need something. When you stand on brake it's in principle all the leverage from pedal to the crossbar. I think triangulating with a thinner tube to the firewall would be sufficient. Just make sure to use a baseplate to spread the load. Or maybe a flat plate instead of a tube, that would give also horizontal and torsional support...just thinking here.

I appreciate the input. My pipe bender (he hates that) already knows that I kind of want that support added. I need a brake light switch somehow mounted too, so hopefully at the same time as the support is added, I can integrate a mount for the switch. It's amazing how many little tasks are involved in building a car using stuff that wasn't there originally. I'd say a thousand, but that sounds too low.

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Yes, you could extend a brace to the firewall for a lot of stiffening.  I hung my pedals off the dash bar and bent a brace from some square tube to run to the firewall.  The triangulation makes it super stable.  Here's a mockup before final welding.Pedal_Steering_Mount.jpg.

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Yeah, my floor and transmission tunnel were a bit hashed, so it was easier just to hang the accelerator pedal.

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