As to floor-mounted pedals - I was originally going to use top-hinged pedals, but found that commercial pedals, to have a reasonable ratio, hung down so far that the pedal pad area was at the instep of my shoe. This was with a low-ratio Wilwood pedal setup, at that, so floor-mount became mandatory. I'm still messing with placement of everything (so that my M/C's don't end up in my motor mount or exhaust), but there wasn't any option. I don't know what foot size you have, but I wear size 12's , and have looong legs.
Yeah, that's what I'm working on (more pix to follow). I've got a reverse-cylinder hung Wilwood pedal (MC's toward rear of the car), and it looks promising.
It seems hung pedals with forward-facing MC's may offer the best vertical clearance, as the pedal pivot is the highest point of the bracket. This lets you get the pedal pad higher. The trade-off (there's ALWAYS a tradeoff...
) is that the bracket and MC's start to crowd the steering column. More on this when I post pedal pix...
BTW, my foot is size 11.
I have about the same ground clearance to the bottom of my skid plate and have not hit any thing
on the road. And Michigan has enough pot holes to completely test the design.
The "X" brace will surely help take some of the twisting loads in that engine bay area. "where you need it".
Excellent! Thanks for the info, Dave!
Dave, you could always hang them from above like I did. I recommend getting a scuttle and nosecone first thought. I used a straightedge between the two to make sure I had adequate clearance before mounting the pedal boxes. My frame is book so you should have much more room to play with. I also made an adapter plate to utilize the stock master cylinders. Hopefully the pedal effort will still be reasonable. If not I can always retrofit Wilwood masters.
Yeah, that's where I'm headed. I ordered a Super Scuttle and a TTL nose cone from Jack (free plug! http://www.kineticvehicles.com
) and have them taped in place. I'm too chicken to cut them to fit yet, so both sit optimistically high. A dangerous way to err when fitting brakes under them!
As for an X brace, that's a great idea. My engine hangs down nearly 1.75" and I still have plenty of clearance over it. I could have moved it rearward another couple inches and still been able to get the motor in and out.
Good to hear it. I think I'll wait on that step until the very end...
I went back and read the pedal part of your build log again, Chet. I like your design, and may end up very similar to yours.
One thing that's not clear to me from your photos is how the pedal bracket is supported. The Wilwood installation instructions make it clear that bracket needs to be supported by the horizontal part of the bracket. The vertical part of the bracket (where the MC's mount) is not adequate to support the bracket.
Thanks, everyone for the feedback.