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    DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    I got tired of my foot flopping around in the footwell so I fabricated this support pedal.

    Use .080" aluminum sheet stock to make the pedal and 1 or 2 self tapping screws to attach it to the kick panel.
    You'll need to drill through the kick panel into the metal of the footwell side panel.

    A good metal shop can make this in 30 minutes or less using the attached full size pattern. (Based on 8.5 x 11 paper)

    Cut and stick 2 strips of 3M Non-Skid material on the surface of the pedal.

    This mod will leave 1 or 2 holes in the kick panel but the support you derive when cornering should override that drawback.

    DEAD PEDAL.jpg non skid.jpg Dead Pedal-Plans .jpg

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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    Dimmer switch?

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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptRandy View Post
    Dimmer switch?
    I moved mine to where the OD switch is located and moved the OD switch to the shift knob.
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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptRandy View Post
    Dimmer switch?
    I moved mine up to the dash with a long handle switch and a bezel from an early E-Type:

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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    I screwed it next to the little vent flap on the cross member. You can just see the pigtail coming out of the firewall and curving up to the right past the vent.
    I have to use my hand to push it but I hardly ever drive the car at night anymore and the dead pedal is still worth the inconvenience.

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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    Do you have a dead pedal John?

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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    Quote Originally Posted by petnatcar View Post
    I screwed it next to the little vent flap on the cross member. You can just see the pigtail coming out of the firewall and curving up to the right past the vent.
    I have to use my hand to push it but I hardly ever drive the car at night anymore and the dead pedal is still worth the inconvenience.
    I like the idea of a dead pedal and I hate the location of the dimmer switch. It seems like a bad idea to have your left foot below the pedals because it is hard to get them back into position in a hurry.

    Could you relocate the dimmer switch to the upper portion of the deal pedal? That would seem like an ideal spot.
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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    Quote Originally Posted by petnatcar View Post
    Do you have a dead pedal John?
    Yes. Mine is wood and attached to the dip switch bracket.
    John, BN4

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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    Hi Glenn,
    My foot is not below the pedals but on the same plane as them. I've been thinking about incorporating the dimmer switch into the top part of the pedal but it isn't a priority.

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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    I really disliked the placement of the high beam switch in my BJ8 and wanted a dead pedal so I designed one and printed it on my 3D printer using a carbon-fiber infused plastic. It is very solid, uses the factory screw holes for the dimmer switch to mount the pedal, and relocates the high-beam switch to the top of the pedal where it is still convenient but out of the way.

    I think it turned out really well. If you would be interested in having one of these, PM me.

    pedal.jpgpedal1.jpgpedal3.jpgpedal4.jpgpedal5.jpg
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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    That looks great, Glenn! 3D printing has fascinating potential, and it's interesting to see a Healey part made that way.

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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    Quote Originally Posted by blueskies View Post
    That looks great, Glenn! 3D printing has fascinating potential, and it's interesting to see a Healey part made that way.
    Thanks. It is a real game changer when you can envision something, create a virtual model, and then click a button and presto (5 hours later in this case) you have the exact thing you imagined.

    I am making a few other Healey improvements that I will share when they are complete. If anyone has ideas let me know.
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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    Quote Originally Posted by Gearhead_Garage View Post
    I really disliked the placement of the high beam switch in my BJ8 and wanted a dead pedal so I designed one and printed it on my 3D printer using a carbon-fiber infused plastic. It is very solid, uses the factory screw holes for the dimmer switch to mount the pedal, and relocates the high-beam switch to the top of the pedal where it is still convenient but out of the way.

    I think it turned out really well. If you would be interested in having one of these, PM me.

    pedal.jpgpedal1.jpgpedal3.jpgpedal4.jpgpedal5.jpg
    Very nice! Simple solution moving the switch up out of the area of the dead pedal.

    Note - it requires the BJ8 dip switch and mounting bracket & wouldn't fit earlier cars as-is.
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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    My well used and hard pressed dead pedal, it's a must in any vintage racing Healey.

    Dead Pedal.jpg
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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    Nice job, Glenn. Both Functional and attractive. Good design and execution.
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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    Quote Originally Posted by steveg View Post
    Very nice! Simple solution moving the switch up out of the area of the dead pedal.

    Note - it requires the BJ8 dip switch and mounting bracket & wouldn't fit earlier cars as-is.
    Thanks for the note. I will have to study some other cars to come up with solutions for them.
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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    Steve--

    You said: "Note - it requires the BJ8 dip switch and mounting bracket & wouldn't fit earlier cars as-is"

    I am interested in Glenn's pedal for my car and wonder if you can enlarge on your statement. What is different about the 100 that would make it so--in the Moss catalogue the same part number is given for all cars, 100 to BJ8:

    Austin-Healey 100, 3000 Electrical System 542-130 SWITCH, headlamp dip

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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    Glenn,

    I sent you a PM!

    Thanks,

    John

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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    Quote Originally Posted by steveg View Post
    Very nice! Simple solution moving the switch up out of the area of the dead pedal.

    Note - it requires the BJ8 dip switch and mounting bracket & wouldn't fit earlier cars as-is.
    The two brackets and switches are different:


    BJ8 Bracket


    BN1-BJ7 Bracket


    BJ8 Switch



    BN1-BJ7 Switch


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    Re: DEAD PEDAL for a BT7

    Part numbers and pictures of both types on the "Miscellaneous Electrical" page in the Moss catalog:
    The BN2 - BJ7 switch is 140-900; the BJ8 is 542-130.
    Last edited by steveg; 01-20-2017 at 12:12 PM.
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