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Post by xt600 Mon Jul 24, 2023 5:42 pm

I've finally bought myself a nice Pollesa, 2003 :-)
One of the first things I noticed driving it home was how close the throttle peddle and brake peddle are together. Pressing the brake is hard without pressing he throttle too, and my feet aren't that big! 
Is this a design feature? There's a little space to the right of the throttle pedal so i'm considering bending it a little to make them further apart and easier to drive.
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Post by Tinwheeler Mon Jul 24, 2023 7:44 pm

Boxers and Ducatos are all the same in the pedal department. so_sad

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Post by NickT Wed Jul 26, 2023 8:50 am

I'm glad I'm not the only one who ends up putting his foot on brake and throttle at the same time!

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Post by Dave 418 Wed Jul 26, 2023 9:26 am

You think the pedals are too close together try driving an MG Midget wearing size 10 army boots. I used to drive to work in my slippers. Of course I forgot my boots only once and my boss never let me forget that day. lol4
My father had even bigger feet than me and kept a pair of shoes with the edge of the soles cut back for driving his MG B GT.
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Post by IanH Wed Jul 26, 2023 10:38 am

Retrofit cruise control, don't need the pedal as much then, also your ankles wont catch fire after 10 mins!
Best £300 ever spent up!
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Post by Dave 418 Wed Jul 26, 2023 12:22 pm

Yet another gadget Ian. You must be getting near your take off weight limit. hugegrins That aside the Renault Mascot recovery truck and our Saabs had cruse control. It made long hauls so much more comfortable. I wish it could be fitted to our Transit without breaking the bank.
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Post by xt600 Wed Jul 26, 2023 1:25 pm

So, has anyone tried bending the peddle over a bit?  
If not, I shall give it a go and let you know the results :-)
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Post by Dbvwt Wed Jul 26, 2023 3:31 pm

I can’t remember the vehicle but Ed China on Wheeler Dealers once used a bit of brute force to sort the pedal gap. He removed the pedal, stuck it in a vice and got the mallet out if I remember correctly!!
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Post by IanH Wed Jul 26, 2023 3:39 pm

Have I not seen on here that brake and clutch pedals are now plastic?
I may  be wrong but a magnet could be a friend.....

The cruise uses a wee gps module as mine doesn't have an electric speedo, it is awesomely accurate and tries hard to maintain speed as you'd hope but not as sensitive as most would expect from modern car ones.

Still, makes driving the van a joy rather than a chore, especially on fire ankles!!
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Post by bikeralw Wed Jul 26, 2023 3:55 pm

Have you tried different shoes?
I know some will jump down my throat at this, but when touring in hot climes I drive barefoot. It's said that not enough force can be applied to the brakes in an emergency, maybe this was the case back in non-servo days, but in reality modern braking systems only need a moderate pressure before either the ABS kicks in or the wheels lock.
I find I have a much better feel of the pedals and it's far safer than driving in flip flops or open toe sandals, which can be a menace..
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Post by Paulmold Wed Jul 26, 2023 4:02 pm

IanH wrote:Have I not seen on here that brake and clutch pedals are now plastic?
I think it's just the clutch pedal that is plastic but only on x250 models.
Well that's how it is on my 2010.
The Pollensa in question is earlier.


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Post by glyne lock Wed Jul 26, 2023 6:16 pm

IanH wrote:Have I not seen on here that brake and clutch pedals are now plastic?
I may  be wrong but a magnet could be a friend.....

The cruise uses a wee gps module as mine doesn't have an electric speedo, it is awesomely accurate and tries hard to maintain speed as you'd hope but not as sensitive as most would expect from modern car ones.

Still, makes driving the van a joy rather than a chore, especially on fire ankles!!
Yes Ian I put a picture to show the pedals are both plastic now .this was on a post for fitting the pedal lock from memory. 
So what you have said is correct 
Over the years you could have 2 vans the same age but did not have the same pedals fitted and was the problem with the pedal lock post on the forum
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Post by Dave 418 Wed Jul 26, 2023 8:12 pm

One of the early adverts for Landrovers said you could drive them in wellies or ballet shoes. shrugg
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Post by xt600 Sun Aug 13, 2023 8:29 pm

With the help of a vice and lump hammer I've managed to get a bigger space between the pedals! I would post a before/after picture but this forum doesn't appear to allow....
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Post by FreelanderUK Sun Aug 13, 2023 9:08 pm

xt600 wrote:With the help of a vice and lump hammer I've managed to get a bigger space between the pedals! I would post a before/after picture but this forum doesn't appear to allow....

A how to post photos is in the members fact sheet section

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Post by xt600 Sun Aug 13, 2023 9:32 pm

FreelanderUK wrote:

A how to post photos is in the members fact sheet section

The way I'd usually post an image would be to just shrink its size and add as a file to the post. I'm not sure what 'hosting' an image means, but if it means signing up to yet another site then I'd rather not :-)
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Post by Tinwheeler Sun Aug 13, 2023 9:35 pm

It means a third party acts as host to enable you to post photos. It’s simple to do and I don’t think anyone here has any issues security wise with it.
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