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Leg Room For Tall Drivers!
December 30, 2016
4:46 pm
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Ron86
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Hi all,

Despite lifting and spacing the steering wheel position, I'm still having issues fitting comfortably in the car (i'm 6'3" so not particularly abnormal). The cross brace that sits to the right hand side of the steering wheel between the centre tunnel and the bottom corner of the dash is right on the top of my shin and will definitely cause issues going from the go pedal to the stop pedal (I've heard this is a useful move to master!).

The seats are on runners and right back so I have plenty of room - I just cant get my leg under the brace...am I going crazy?

(Its the same on both cars by the way so not anything distinctive about the particular chassis).

Thanks,

Ron

December 31, 2016
6:10 am
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I seem to remember a tall guy shown sitting in a chassis made to fit by GBS for his height.

Finish and sell on car #2 and let them drive it making one person happy.

Car #1 remove scuttle. Cut pedal assembly free and re-weld 50mm further forward.
Cut slots in foot well panel for pedal arms to go forward into. Cover with rubber sheet.

Or change car #1 to car #2 and make two people happy

Zero Seven......Greater than a Cater

December 31, 2016
9:39 am
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Did you buy direct from the factory?

There are a number of ways to sort this.

1. factory can offer a modified chassis that moves the end of the foot-well. However this was found to be unnecessary with item 2 and I know of some very tall customers who are in "standard" length chassis without problems.

2. modified pedals. they add a "crank" to standard brake and clutch pedal. The long movement of the original pedals is generally unnecessary and I was under the impression that the cranked type were supplied as standard now. You will have to check which you have.

3. seat position. Yes there is a limit to the rearward movement of the seat, but there are two floor types, standard, and lowered. Although the standard floor limits the following, you can gain some improvement with both.

The height of the seat does have an effect on the leg position, as does inclining the seat, but there are a lot of variants out there so it would be better that we have details of your set u before explaining in detail what I have done in the past.

December 31, 2016
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Simon said
Did you buy direct from the factory?

There are a number of ways to sort this.

1. factory can offer a modified chassis that moves the end of the foot-well. However this was found to be unnecessary with item 2 and I know of some very tall customers who are in "standard" length chassis without problems.

2. modified pedals. they add a "crank" to standard brake and clutch pedal. The long movement of the original pedals is generally unnecessary and I was under the impression that the cranked type were supplied as standard now. You will have to check which you have.

3. seat position. Yes there is a limit to the rearward movement of the seat, but there are two floor types, standard, and lowered. Although the standard floor limits the following, you can gain some improvement with both.

The height of the seat does have an effect on the leg position, as does inclining the seat, but there are a lot of variants out there so it would be better that we have details of your set u before explaining in detail what I have done in the past.  

To answer your questions as best I can:

Both chassis were bought from GBS around 2011.

I agree number 1 seems unnecessary. Although more length would lower my knees, the position of the pedals feels fine...just the darn brace.

Pedals: I'm not sure which I have but this is the best picture I can get right now:

http://locostbuilders.co.uk/upload/2IMG_3216.JPGImage Enlarger

Seats: See pics of the seats we have and the depth:

http://locostbuilders.co.uk/upload/IMG_3233.JPGImage Enlarger

http://locostbuilders.co.uk/upload/IMG_3234.JPGImage Enlarger

Would the GBS GRP seats help? Again, these would still need to be on runners to allow for the other driver.

January 2, 2017
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Still not had chance to go out and take the measurements yet (do these festive meet-ups never stop!!?). But was just wondering (Simon) if it's possible to relocate that brace anywhere? I can see it's located at the joint of a number of chassis sections which is clearly the best place. But could it be moved backwards or cranked (seeing as it supports the steering column) and still offer protection/rigidity?

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