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Article and Photos courtesy of Paul Latour

For those C3 drivers with automatic transmissions and the bigfoot syndrome (size 12-13 feet like me) driving can be an unpleasant chore. The brake pedal is very close to the gas pedal and it takes a conscious effort not to be pushing on both at the same time. This detracts from the driving experience. One tends to adopt a tippy-toe position at the bottom of the gas pedal.

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Based on a tip at the Corvette Forum I decided to reduce the width of the metal component of the brake pedal by about one inch. This will allow a new and narrower rubber brake pad to be used. It is from NAPA and is used on C1500, C2500, and C3500 trucks.

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 As usual measure several times before making that cut. A mistake will mean pulling out the dash assembly in order to install a new pedal. Not an easy job! Here is the pedal measured off. 

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Careful use of a Sawzall and some wood damping medium to reduce movement/vibration leads to this result.

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  • And here is the new rubber pad installed with the new distance between gas and brake pedals.

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 And this is the new look.

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  • Driving is so much more pleasant now!

 Many thanks to my Brother John (1979 L-82) for his excellent work with the Sawzall !!

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