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  • When did hanging pedals debut?

    Obviously not Stude related, but I am curious as to when swinging pedals debuted. Being a child of the '50's, I first remember them in my Dad's 1954 Ford Ranch Wagon. However, our '55 Chevy truck did not have them (nor did a friend's '58), but I know the '58 IH trucks did.


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  • #2
    For Studebaker, I believe they were introduced with the cowl redesign for the '61 Lark. Hawks never got them, as I'm sure you know.

    I kind of prefer the bottom hinged pedals for the feel, although the Stude implementation isn't as wonderfully ergonomic as I remember Porsche's being. (my 944 sadly has top hung pedals unlike the 911 and 914.)

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    • #3
      For Studebaker, I believe they were introduced with the cowl redesign for the '61 Lark. Hawks never got them, as I'm sure you know.

      I kind of prefer the bottom hinged pedals for the feel, although the Stude implementation isn't as wonderfully ergonomic as I remember Porsche's being. (my 944 sadly has top hung pedals unlike the 911 and 914.)

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      • #4
        1963 models for the Champ pick-ups.

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        • #5
          1963 models for the Champ pick-ups.

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          • #6
            No set answer, Gary; it varied by manufacturer, and whether it was cars or trucks.

            1952 Ford was the first of The Low-Price Three; it would be 1955 before Plymouth and Chevrolet had suspended pedals in their passenger cars.

            Studebaker was pretty much dead last, in 1961!

            Have you ever seen a 1955 or 1956 Packard with power brakes and a manual transmission? The clutch pedal is through the floor and the brake pedal is suspended! Weird. [8D] BP
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            • #7
              No set answer, Gary; it varied by manufacturer, and whether it was cars or trucks.

              1952 Ford was the first of The Low-Price Three; it would be 1955 before Plymouth and Chevrolet had suspended pedals in their passenger cars.

              Studebaker was pretty much dead last, in 1961!

              Have you ever seen a 1955 or 1956 Packard with power brakes and a manual transmission? The clutch pedal is through the floor and the brake pedal is suspended! Weird. [8D] BP
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              • #8
                I think it was pretty much 1955 for most big three cars, GM had them just like the cowl vent heating systems. Ford as Guido mentioned had the suspended pedals in '54 along with their recirculating ball steering gear.

                Looks like Bob remembers them in '52 on Fords, that sounds right. On most things the General was pretty slow advancing, like their vacuum wipers!

                But they did jump the gun with their 12 volt systems in 1955, probably due their Delco Division which was always ahead of GM itself!

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                • #9
                  I think it was pretty much 1955 for most big three cars, GM had them just like the cowl vent heating systems. Ford as Guido mentioned had the suspended pedals in '54 along with their recirculating ball steering gear.

                  Looks like Bob remembers them in '52 on Fords, that sounds right. On most things the General was pretty slow advancing, like their vacuum wipers!

                  But they did jump the gun with their 12 volt systems in 1955, probably due their Delco Division which was always ahead of GM itself!

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                  • #10
                    [)]Not that anyone would care, but Hudson got them in 1954 on power brake equipped cars only.[)]

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                    • #11
                      [)]Not that anyone would care, but Hudson got them in 1954 on power brake equipped cars only.[)]

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                      • #12
                        I know the Packards had the suspended pedal in '55-56, but doesn't the rod for the Easamatic (Treadle-Vac?) go through the floor directly behind the pedal, Bob? Kind of seems like they added the suspended part just so they could say they were up to date ...

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                        • #13
                          I know the Packards had the suspended pedal in '55-56, but doesn't the rod for the Easamatic (Treadle-Vac?) go through the floor directly behind the pedal, Bob? Kind of seems like they added the suspended part just so they could say they were up to date ...

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                          • #14
                            This is a picture of the interior of our 61 Lark with suspended pedals.



                            Below is a picture I took of the 56 Packard Clipper with a straight drive transmission that ran at Osceola Drag Strip last summer. Both pedals are in the floor, but I don't know if it is original or if it was converted from an older model Packard.



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                            • #15
                              This is a picture of the interior of our 61 Lark with suspended pedals.



                              Below is a picture I took of the 56 Packard Clipper with a straight drive transmission that ran at Osceola Drag Strip last summer. Both pedals are in the floor, but I don't know if it is original or if it was converted from an older model Packard.



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