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Riconine

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Shortening brake pedal height

Post by Riconine on Sat Mar 12, 2016 5:37 pm

The brake pedal on my '67 G is quite high. You really have to raise your foot to get on it.
I'm thinking of removing the pedal shaft, shortening it, & re-threading the end. All of this to get the pedal closer to the floor. Actual travel is only an 1" or 2".
Has anyone tried this or have any input?
I've also been looking at the 90 degree, right angle, power brake boosters. Looks pretty close, but I think I'd have to make my own brackets to get it to fit.
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dougtappan

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Re: Shortening brake pedal height

Post by dougtappan on Sun Mar 13, 2016 6:52 pm

Back in 1966 my father bought a brand new Econoline. I never had an issue with the hight of the pedal. you will get used to it in very little time.
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donivan65
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Re: Shortening brake pedal height

Post by donivan65 on Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:43 pm

That pushrod bolt is a cam,,,,,,,,you might get that pedal to sit lower a bit by turning it,,,,,

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Twinpilot001

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Re: Shortening brake pedal height

Post by Twinpilot001 on Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:43 am

when you shorten iot & fluid gets low -or brakes wear = Guess what = on the floor & no brakes! These are NOT modern vehicles. Evil or Very Mad||If it isnt BRAKE?? Dont "FIXIT"! Twisted Evil
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m1dadio
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Re: Shortening brake pedal height

Post by m1dadio on Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:23 am

first time I ever heard such a request. show us some pictures please
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Digz

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Re: Shortening brake pedal height

Post by Digz on Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:05 am

Just wondering if the rubber bumper on pedal shaft below the floor is in place. Some pics would be good for sure and maybe a measurement from the floor to pedal to check against.
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Vantasia

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Re: Shortening brake pedal height

Post by Vantasia on Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:07 am

Digz wrote:Just wondering if the rubber bumper on pedal shaft below the floor is in place. Some pics would be good for sure and maybe a measurement from the floor to pedal to check against.

My same thoughts, maybe missing the bumper and/or the stop washer is missing, rusted off or lower than it should be or the floor is pushed up causing the high pedal?
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Riconine

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Re: Shortening brake pedal height

Post by Riconine on Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:25 am

Thanks - I'll take a look at the bump stop. Maybe I'm just being too particular. Just seems really high to me.
I'll try posting some pics. But so far I haven't had any luck with that.
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Riconine

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Re: Shortening brake pedal height

Post by Riconine on Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:44 pm

Checked for the bump stop. Looks to me like everything is there & in place.



Measurement from floor, about 8" w/ 2" of travel



Maybe I'll just drive it for awhile & see if I get use to it.
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m1dadio
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Re: Shortening brake pedal height

Post by m1dadio on Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:56 pm

Are you sure thats not one of those fishermans rulers?

my 2nd gen


http://i84.servimg.com/u/f84/13/10/37/95/dscn0511.jpg



m1d


OK I cant figure out this new picture posting thing
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Riconine

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Re: Shortening brake pedal height

Post by Riconine on Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:25 am

m1d - Thanks for the picture of your brake pedal. At least now I know mine is where it's supposed to be, it's the same as yours. Still seems really high.
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garagedoordennis

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Re: Shortening brake pedal height

Post by garagedoordennis on Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:17 pm

just saw this post and im like you. i felt it to be way to high also so i cut it down 2". seems just right . i also heated up the pedal end and bent it a bit for better geometry
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boogieman

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Re: Shortening brake pedal height

Post by boogieman on Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:35 pm

ive also felt its too high...kinda gotten used to it..might be safer if you lost fluid or got air, but prolly less safe if you have to make a super fast transition from accelerator to brake...ive thought of shortening but havent..
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m1dadio
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Re: Shortening brake pedal height

Post by m1dadio on Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:25 pm

One day you might unexpectedly appreciate the extra travel.
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panelmanrd

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Re: Shortening brake pedal height

Post by panelmanrd on Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:45 am

if you ever have a brake fluid leak in the rear sys or the front sys,
you will then appreciate the extra travel these pedals have.
if you shorten the throw and you develop a sudden leak you will not
have enough pedal travel left to get it stopped.

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