Being a low-buck project, JJ
doesn't the fancy equipment most vans on this site get, but after two hours of diggin' through boxes of "spare parts", I did come up with something a little better to replace the well worn brake pedal pad and the no-buck, "temporary" gas pedal (plywood and home-door hinge) JJ
's had for the last eight years.
For the gas pedal, I started with an old Mr. Gasket
"Hippie Foot" cover, which clamps on top of the stock pedal with a couple of straps screwed to the cover.
I started with a new, rectangular piece of wood to attach the cover and hinge to, but thought it looked crummy, so I cut another piece of wood the same shape as the "Hippie Foot". Then I cut a Piece of metal in the same shape, except the bottom which had to extend down to the pivot hinge (another nickle-plated home door hinge).
Unfortunately, the end of the throttle pivot rod (shown below) jammed in between the "toes",
so I had to make another piece (aluminum, this time) with a sandal shape under the "toes".
For the brake pedal pad (a Cal-Custom
clutch pad from a Chevy truck clutch/brake pad cover set), I cut & bent two pieces of aluminum the same size and contour as the rubber insert. Then, after removing JJ's old pad, bent the metal so it matched the curve of the aluminum pieces. then I clamped them in place on the pedal and drilled a hole on each side of the pedal arm.
Then after grinding two little pockets in the rubber insert (to clear top of bolts) I inserted two carriage bolts in one of the aluminum plates and layed it down against the bottom of the rubber insert, bent the metal pad straps over, added the second plate
(to sandwich the straps and hold them tight), then bolted it to the stock pad.
The dimmer pad just slips on and uses an Allen-head set screw. Total cost was 78 cents
for carriage bolts with right thread for gas pedal pad. (Hippie pads were free from friend years ago, the clutch/brake pad set was removed from a '67 Chevy C10 I totaled 15+ yrs. ago)P.S.-
I will strip/repaint brake pedal arm and that nasty old carpet will be replaced with new carpet (tan & black) after I'm done with a few more mods (new steering column, plug wires, exhaust manifold heat shields, new insulation,vinyl door edging, and pleated cover for dog house, cold air intake, new front doors, dash pad, gauge cluster and others I'm sure I'm forgetting).