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RE: [T3] Clutch cable

I noticed the big difference in RHD & LHD pedals when I converted my SA
Fasty to MT (The Brits once colonised us so we drive on the left)

An interesting thing I once read wrt to the gas pedal being on the R or L
was about race cars on the continent in the late fifties to early sixties -
a lot of cars were made with the pedal layout to driver preference, so it
caused some fairly big prangs when a driver who wasn't familiar with the
pedal arrangement took the cars out.

As far as I know the T ford had a 2 speed epicyclic g/box. You shifted it
into gear & it pulled away as you pushed the clutch in. To change you had to
release the clutch & shift to 2nd - probably because or the brake bands on
the Gearbox - reverse was also a fairly high speed affair :}


-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Hall [mailto:dave@hallvw.clara.co.uk] 
Sent: 13 October 2004 13:17
To: type3@vwtype3.org
Subject: 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
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
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
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
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
> > 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
> > end of the much thinner operating shaft.  Very surprising.  It almost
> > if they went to great lengths to retain the Beetle system for LHD.  From
> > models they even went back to an earlier Beetle clutch  pedal shaft with
> > number.   Very curious!
> Sounds like this is very much a matter of perspective. To me at least, the
> version looks simple and straightforward. The RHD version looks complex
> cobbled, and I have a hard time figuring out what they are doing with some
> 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
> the way it had always been over there.
> I suspect the 111 shaft came back in when they went back to longer arms on
> 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
> for the engineers there, since it's generally much easier for the engineer
> just design a new part, rather than bother to dig thru old designs to see
> appropriate design already exists.
> -- 
> *******************************
> Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
> Madison, Wisconsin, USA
> *******************************

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