With the vast array of pedal assemblies in the aftermarket world, I stumbled upon a cool set of pedals that were basic looking in nature but packed a big punch as far as adjustability. You may say that your stock pedals don’t need the adjustability and you stop just fine.
My response to that would be, “How does your leg and foot feel after a long drive or sitting in rush hour traffic?” When I first started building my ’59 Apache my goals were simple, build a nice driver that can go anywhere at any time. Well, as most of our readers, my projects change in-between build phases—so has my long-term project. The new goal is very similar to the old goal but now I have thrown a few curves into the mix, literally curves, that’s right I want to build a truck that can handle a Goodguys autocross course but still retain the drivability and street ability that the original version 1.0 truck had. Not to mention, I don’t want to put 30-inch spinners on the truck, I don’t think that is what CLASSIC TRUCKS magazine is about. I think Grant Peterson, former Associate Editor, was onto something by pushing the performance end of classic trucks. Isn’t that what the original hot rodders did? A street driven truck that can drive fast in a strait line and carve the canyons with a Corvette? Is that possible?
I ordered a set of Tilton Engineering firewall mounted pedals (PN TIL-72-601) from Summit
So why would I install aftermarket pedals on my truck? For several reasons and here is why: My personal truck came with a four on the floor and the stock pedals just felt uncomfortable, especially since the truck was a daily driver.
Next, the clutch was all manual, meaning that when I pushed the clutch pedal it would pivot to another arm that would hit the clutch fork and push the throwout bearing until the clutch was disengaged. As the clutch parts wore out the pedal would get feedback and transfer to my foot, not to mention the effort to press in the clutch. Talk about a left leg work out …
These little things come in handy when marking/transferring more than one hole to a paper
My third thought was that what if the truck came with an automatic transmission and you wanted to shift gears like a mad man. Changing the pedals to an aftermarket style pedal assembly will give the option of putting that five- or six-speed transmission in if desired.
And finally, my fourth thought was about brake options and the ability to adjust the pedals mechanically to suit the truck’s needs, especially when considering options such as Wilwood Engineering’s Superlite 6R big brakes or other big brake combos. The bonus is that they make the stock or upgraded smaller disc brakes feel good because of the modern pedal placement. CT
We could then transfer the holes with accuracy, but if you don’t have access to these tool
At first I was worried about how everything was going to fit due to my recessed firewall.
Next, I created a template and cut 16G sheetmetal for the sides and a 10G thick plate for
I used a Miller MIG welder for the outside of the box and my Miller Diversion TIG 180 for
Not the greatest welding I have done but it will get the job done. Notice I didn’t finish-
Now that we could set the pedals on the firewall, we wanted to make sure we would have eno