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Re: [T3] Clutch cable

Maybe I meant the Beetle parts rather than system, but it's difficult to compare
without being familiar with both sets of pedal clusters.  I'm very much in
agreement - I can't quite understand why the LHD components are the shape they
are, when the RHD looks fine to me.  ;-)

Didn't the Model T Ford have a funny pedal arrangement?  Yes, I'm sure we Brits
could have managed odd arrangements of pedals no problem.  ;-)
OTOH, I do recall sitting in the National car garage at Newark NJ trying to work
out why I could start the car but not shift it into anything.  I had the parking
brake on, but wasn't holding the foot brake down.  D'oh!   Then when we drove
off, the lights came on automatically, so it took another minute or so to work
out you can't turn them off anyway!
I guess you guys know that sort of thing from the cradle.   However when it came
to 'rotaries', no problem for me, as we have loads of them.  Shame everyone
seems to be putting traffic lights on them to ruin the free-flowing traffic they
allow.  I guess too many people just can't cope with judging relative speeds and
rights of way.   The 4-way stop seems to be particularly curious, in light of
Brian's question as to who goes first if a Police car, an ambulance, a Post
Office van and you arrive simultaneously at a 4-way stop.   I hope he passed the
Oregon driving test OK.

UK VW Type 3 & 4 Club
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Adney" <jadney@vwtype3.org>
To: <type3@vwtype3.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 2:51 AM
Subject: Re: [T3] Clutch cable

> On 12 Oct 2004 at 9:49, Dave Hall wrote:
> > I hadn't realised just how different the LHD and RHD pedal assemblies are
> > I looked at the exploded pictures.  I assumed we had broadly similar
> > but maybe different spacing due to using the same sequence of pedals on
> > sides of the tunnel.   In reality, the RHD clutch cable hook is on the
> > piece of tube the pedal is also welded to, while the LHD pedal detaches from
> > end of the much thinner operating shaft.  Very surprising.  It almost looks
> > if they went to great lengths to retain the Beetle system for LHD.  From '72
> > models they even went back to an earlier Beetle clutch  pedal shaft with a
> > number.   Very curious!
> Sounds like this is very much a matter of perspective. To me at least, the LHD
> version looks simple and straightforward. The RHD version looks complex and
> cobbled, and I have a hard time figuring out what they are doing with some of
> those parts.
> It is certainly harder that these parts aren't just mirror images of each
> other. One wonders why this is so. I'm sure that you Brits could have grown up
> working the gas pedal with your left foot just as easily, as long as that was
> the way it had always been over there.
> I suspect the 111 shaft came back in when they went back to longer arms on the
> pedal shaft and the throwout bearing shaft. Early beetles must have used
> arms there, too, so they just recycled the part. It gives me a lot of respect
> for the engineers there, since it's generally much easier for the engineer to
> just design a new part, rather than bother to dig thru old designs to see if
> appropriate design already exists.
> -- 
> *******************************
> Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
> Madison, Wisconsin, USA
> *******************************

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