by Lorne Goldman
started this article LONG ago and then abandoned it because it seemed
so obvious that I would be ridiculed again by the silly non-Lorne gang.
However, lately, I have received a number of inquiries from people
sending me links of 500£ pedal assemblies they wish to
purchase so that they can avoid pressing the accelerator and brake
pedals together with their foot! These people often have organ pedal accelerators
rather than the once standard roller. I think of these moggers as the ballet slipper brigade! ;) So I
checked out the elements of this article with a private forum of Morgan cogniescente (Yes,
they still exist and have merely retreated into the shadows in
the last decade.) Surprisingly, most of these stalwarts had no
idea of this feature! Ergo, this article is back again.
History (Morgan Clutch and Brake pedals)
Morgan brake and
clutch pedals come in two types from the factory.
Type 1 (more common) A flat piece of cast alloy, covered with a rubber pad with the company name on it. The rubber can be
added or removed to create less or more leg and foot room for individual drivers.
The rubber does make foot slippage less likely but the rubber pads have a tendency
to fall off. I lightly glue mine on. The rubber (and without it, the metal) will wear fairly rapidly..so buy
an extra set of rubbers or a pedal and leave them in the car for when the time comes.
metal pedal has a tab at the rear that is attached to the rear
of the pedal arm by a nut & bolt though a hole
in the upper arm.
|NOTE A: The LeMans Edition (2002-2003)
cars had metal pedals in which the Factory drilled a pattern., uncovered by rubber.
|NOTE B: In
later cars, after running
into a bad batch of hydraulic switches, Morgan replaced it with a
mechanical brake light switch that is awkwardly placed and can catch
the cuff of one's trousers. I
merely replaced the defective hydraulic with an hydraulic switch
with that of another manufacturer and that was 15 years ago.
This is similiar to Type 1 except the pedal is welded onto the pedal arm.
Spacing Solution Type 1
Spacing can be added by simply removing the nut & bolt at
the rear of the pedal section, which detaches the pedal. Then move it to the other side of
the pedal arm from the side you wish to have more foot/toe space. That
will gain you the width of the arm and the width of the pedal
attachement tab....about 2 cm. This adjustment can be increased by
adding washer(s) between the pedal and the arm on the side away from
where you wish space created. You will likely decide to move the clutch pedal as well.
No cost and a few minutes work.
Spacing Solution Type 2
Sadly, I see no easy solution here aside from buying two of the
Type 1 pedals, grinding the pedal section off the arm, drilling a
hole where necessary and bolting the new pedals on using the Spacing
Solution Type 1 method.