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 Post subject: Re: Exo Hot Rod
PostPosted: January 3, 2017, 5:45 pm 
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PostPosted: January 3, 2017, 6:34 pm 
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PostPosted: January 4, 2017, 2:57 pm 
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Ah, you were thinking of moving the engine back and keeping the driver in position.

Unfortunately, there's even less room up there. You can see that in these photos I think.

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PostPosted: January 4, 2017, 6:07 pm 
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I couldn't tell a whole lot from the pic of what I think is the front driver area, but I knew the rear end would limit how far you could go back and was presuming you were already back as far as you could go.

As I said, from the side it just appeared that the motor could be set back a little without impinging upon the driver's feet.

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PostPosted: January 4, 2017, 10:37 pm 
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You're right, the picture is a little misleading as to space in the front.

I've actually been fighting with that exact space in the last few months. I originally had a reverse-mount hanging pedal assembly that I was going to use, but mocking it up showed that it was going to put master cylinders in a somewhat problematic place and the solutions to the problem would look messy and would be heavy. So, I returned the pedal assembly and got a forward-mount, only to realize that it created similar problems in a different spot, plus it put the master cylinders closer to the exhaust manifold than I liked. So, I returned that assembly and got floor mounted pedals. These are also problematic, as the master cylinders have to go behind the assembly and the space back there is long enough, but triangular. Pulling back the assembly far enough for even the smallest master cylinders to clear the side of the firewall by the bellhousing put my knees almost on the steering wheel.

I could gain leg room by going down with the floor (my floor sits up off of the ground more than most builds you'll see, because I'm creating a specific rocker line and building an efficient structure that sits above the subframes but does not include the subframes), but that looked stupid from the side of the car. The foot box could come down a little, but no more than a couple of inches.

I played around with the floor-mounted pedals and seat positioning and was able to find a position that I think will work and look good. Although I'd have a little more room with the hanging assemblies, and I could have made either one work, The floor-mount is going to look much neater, it puts the required extra structural weight much lower, and it has ended up jiving pretty well with my already-planned cross braces in the floor.

One of the difficulties of the exo car that I think I underestimated was making all of the structure look good. Nothing gets covered with bodywork, so all of the bones have to look right.

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PostPosted: January 5, 2017, 5:25 pm 
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Looking good. Making everything fit, work, and look good is what takes all the time. :)


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