Build: Mista Lobsta DIY Pedal Plates


I believe you have seen lots of build pics and videos. Some pretty much detailed and others not as creative and refreshing… well, Mista Lobsta isn’t your every day DIY guy… he’s got something many people don’t have; OCD!

He has been building his Starlet Glanza for a couple of years and his build pics are very detailed. This time round, he wanted to add some metal to the pedal so that when he says he can stop using the cliché ‘Pedal to the metal’ phrase and instead use ‘Metal to the Metal’ *insert Troll Face*

Here’s a pictorial of his DIY Pedal Build

02. I had an idea… And this would be ground zero for that idea: an old aluminum-cased modem sourced from work.

03. I drew out the templates of the pedals and cut them out to use the sheeting as efficiently as possible with minimal wastage.

04. Throttle pedal cover, about as large as my Nokia 5800…

05. A random shot of the cut out pedal templates

06. The order in which they would be on the car…

07. This was my weapon of choice… a Dewalt drill coupled with 3.5- and 6mm drill bits…

08. About an hour later, I had measured, cut and commenced drilling on the pedal ‘motifs’ so-to-speak… 🙂

09. After a few considerations of how large to make the icons, I decided to go with 30x30mm grids. This was to help maintain the structural integrity of the pedals

10. After punching out the mounting holes at the four corners, I went at gutting out the innards…

11. Clutch and brake done. Throttle pending…

12. The throttle pedal would be the most tricky to gut and file down because of the >90 degree corners…

13. Using the drill, I punched out the sheet to weaken the area I needed to gut out… 🙂

14. The trick is to start with the corners… then work along the lines..

15. After the drilling, I used a sharpened screwdriver to punch out the areas in-between…

16. Since it’s aluminum and was only about 2.5mm thick, it was pretty easy to work with…

17. I needed to bevel off the edges of the holes to spread the clamping load better. On the left is the beveled edge and on the right is one awaiting processing…

18. As the modem from which I cannibalized the alu-sheeting was coated with a layer of protective paint, that needed to come off… & that’s where the coarse sandpaper came in handy… 🙂

19. More sanding in progress. Slow but sure…

20. I used a large file to take out the rough chunky edges then a smaller file to take out the corner edges…

21. All 3 pedals pretty much ready and sanded down for that brushed aluminium look.

22. I had to bend the pedals a little to give them about 5 degrees of curvature to sit snug on the OEM pedals…

23. Cut. Drilled. Gutted. Sanded. Curved. Ready…

24. I had to sift through my collection of ‘wax replicas’ to find suitable Allen bolts to match this application… And this was a sample of what I found, with matching lock-nuts…

25. Testing the pedal brackets on the ready pedal. This is the underside of the ‘launch/play’ pedal…

26. A close-up of the brackets that would keep the pedal-face in place..

27. The front side, ready to mount…

28. Checking for fit prior to securing them down…

29. The almost-ready product

30. Once mounted, I used a spirit level to check that the faces were perfectly level. Now that’s OCD! 🙂

31. Looking good. I had to pay particular attention to the throttle as I needed to ensure that the pedal brackets would not obstruct the driver from achieving WOT with the pedal completely planted in the carpet…

32. Pause.

33. Stop.

34. Play.

35. Pause. Stop. Play.

To see more of his Project Knight Rider, Visit his Google + page

If you know of any other well documented builds that you would love to see featured here… drop me a mail on nafscarworld {at} gmail {dot} com

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