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Santana Mon Mar 24, 2008 6:58 pm

Just reinstalled my aluminum gas pedal after having it off for a week. I forgot how thin the original gas pedal is. What a difference the extra width makes! I had these custom made by Ultimate Pedals, they specializes in after market pedals. I extended the gas pedal off to the left about 2 inches, made it much more comfortable. The brake and clutch pedals were enlarged as well.

They probably still have the template that I sent to them. I can't remember the guy's name but he was really helpful.

[email protected] Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:12 pm

looks very sharp 8)

How much?

Santana Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:30 pm

Thanks [email protected]

It has been quite a while since I ordered them but I believe they were in the $50-$60 range.

Crughy Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:03 am


I am not fan of the racy look (would look weird in mine).
But I agree it's very nice looking.
Is it not slippery?

The wide accelerator pedal is interesting. I am looking for an improvement for long time driving. Cruise-control is 1st on the list, of course.

What's in the middle? An ottoman? Is that leather seating?


bd Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:17 am

wow -- more of that signature crazy attention to detail. very very nice. i think it's time for you to post a whole photo spread of that uber-sano ride of yours!

McVanagon Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:31 am

Crughy wrote: The wide accelerator pedal is interesting.

Should make for smooth heel-toe shifting. I have a similar-shaped extension in my '69 mini.

Santana Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:21 pm

Thanks for your comments...

bd... I posted some pictures in the "member rides" area

or you can check out my slideshow on flickr[email protected]/sets/72157604149432755/show/

I got a couple of emails about the seats and console. The seats are made by Recaro and were originally in a Honda s2000. The seats are super comfortable and are pretty much a perfect fit in the Vanagon. I would say they sit about an 1" higher than the stock seats. Installing them was a pain in the can, but worth it. If only they were heated....

Crughy the thing in the middle is a console that I made from things I borrowed from my house. Good guess, it was formerly an ottoman. Unfortunately the base was too wide to fit in between the seats, so I used a couple of metal containers from ikea. I put a hinge on the back so I could use the containers for storage. Bolted a couple of couple of cup holders on the front and called it good.

90Doka_Guy Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:45 pm

That van is tight! I like.

Crughy Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:52 pm

Nice work. You did a really good job, especially considering the custom/odd sources.


Crankey Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:05 pm

nice job man ! I've got Recaros and am in the middle of building a center console too. looks like the one you have may be crowding the E break handle some ? mine is somewhat too but it's worth it.

bd Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:42 pm

sweet sweet work. love the tone-on-tone lower body panels. thanks for posting!!

noganav Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:01 pm

Wow, that is juicy. Love the parking garage backdrop.

pete000 Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:53 am

Nice !

spaeth Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:59 am

I had a wide MOMO gas pedal in my Syncro and it would bend the rod that connects to the pivot under the floor. It seemed that having the pressure come that far off to the side would twist the pedal enough that the small piece the rod goes into would bend, then the throttle would stick and I would get frustrated. I pulled the pedal off, straightened everything out and regreased and all is good again.

Not sure if yours will do this but just something to look out for. I do think you could reinforce some of the way the pivot works (which would not be a bad idea anyway). I believe they get away with it since with the original pedal you can't really put any side force on it.


Santana Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:28 pm

I haven't had a problem with the gas pedal yet, but will keep an eye on it. Thanks for the heads up.

Keane, Crughy, pete000, noganav, bd, Crankey...
Thanks for the comments! Stumbled upon the parking garage one day and decided to go back for a little photo shoot. This is the first vehicle I have ever wanted to fix up and take care of. Guess I got the Vanagon Fever.

The console does slightly get in the way of the E brake but not too bad. I thought about fab'n up some sort of an extension. I would love to see photos when you get finished with your console and seat project!

McVanagon Fri Mar 28, 2008 3:22 pm

I like the photos. Nice eye.

Rhinoculips Sat May 09, 2009 6:53 am

1991VanagonCarat wrote:

Where did you get that steering wheel? I don't like the stock wheel and that one looks to be exactly what I am looking for. Was it a direct install or did you have to mod it some? How much was it?


gator70 Sat May 09, 2009 9:07 am

Can you tell us what you did to the head liner and material you used?

Santana Mon May 11, 2009 1:12 am

Rhinoculips wrote:

Where did you get that steering wheel? I don't like the stock wheel and that one looks to be exactly what I am looking for. Was it a direct install or did you have to mod it some? How much was it?


Rhinoculips it was purchased from MOMO.

I went through the list and couldn't find the same wheel. I am guessing that they aren't making this particular one anymore. The steering wheel was actually already in the van when I bought it. So I am not sure how hard it was to put in.

Santana Mon May 11, 2009 1:14 am

gator70 wrote: Can you tell us what you did to the head liner and material you used?

Actually it is just the stock headliner. It's a carat, I am not sure if it is different than other models.

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