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Austin Vert Invents a Footrest for '71-'73 Mustangs.
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Hi to all,

Just wanted to post up my new invention of a footrest for the 123 Mustangs.

INTRODUCTION.

I guess i'm getting old, and want the comforts that modern day cars offer today. Let's face it, back in my twenties, i didn't care about footrests and comfort all that much, but now need and expect to have them when driving around.Tongue Most modern day cars now have footrests in them, and ivé gotten used to driving around with the left leg supported on a rest. So there's two things that have been bugging me when driving around in my '73 Vert and Mach 1. I really miss a footrest for my left leg, and also, the position of the high beam floor switch is annoying, because i find it stuck up into the far left hand corner, and is tricky to locate and use it when needed. I don't find it all that user friendly.

So i got to thinking of a better way to improve these two problems, and am very happy to say, i've come up with a brilliant solution for both. My invention is practical, works very well, looks great, is not expensive to get setup, is DIY friendly, and very strong as well. This setup is a big improvement for me, and i'm happy to pass on the deal to my fellow 123 Mustang Forum members, so they can take advantage of this idea if they want to as well.

PREAMBLE.

At my workplace, i work on a vehicle called the VW Amarok. I believe you folks in America don't get the car imported into your country as yet.(See my reference link below.) These Amaroks i work on, are right hand drive, and for the driver, feature a footrest for the left leg. Looking at the footrest, i noticed that the shape profile seemed to be very similar to the profile floor shape of our 123 Mustangs. I took a gamble, and ordered a 2015 one from VW. The part cost me $65.00 Australian. American folk can order the footrest through your local VW parts dealership. My gamble payed off, as the fit to the floor was very good indeed. I was on my way,and came up with another idea to incorporate the high beam foot switch into the footrest as well. I needed to do this anyway, because the position of the footrest would cover the existing foot switch. By moving the high beam switch to the footrest, it has made using the foot switch much more practical and easier. Using the foot switch now is a breeze.

Installation is not complicated, and i got a very good end result. The floor pan shape is different in the Mach 1, but will still accept the footrest without any dramas. I have not yet tried to install the footrest into my Mach 1. Also, i don't know what the floor pan setup and shape is like on the Grandé, but would think my footrest would fit in as well for that model too. Also, i have installed speakers in my front Vert kick panels. My footrest sits about a quarter of an inch off the speaker grilles. If you don't have speakers, mounting and positioning the footrest will work out just as well.

The footrest is manufactured in a dark grey colored plastic textured finish. I think the finished look is pretty good, and therefore, i didn't do anything else to change the look of it. However, if you wanted to, you could glue on and cover the footrest with thin profile black carpet, or paint the plastic rest black if you have a black carpet like me. I think that any paint finish will eventually wear off though, and therefore is not a practical way to go. In my case, i decided to leave the footrest alone as the plastic finish should prove to be hard wearing and practical in the long run. I think the dark grey color looks OK to the rest of the interior. I also used stainless steel bolts to avoid any rusting probs down the track. The foot brake operation is not impeded either by the way. PART NUMBER. VW - 2H0864420A71N

INSTALLATION.

My pictures below should tell most of the story. Once you obtain the plastic VW footrest, get your Dremel tool and trim off the unwanted plastic mounting tabs located under the footrest. They're not needed. Next, mark out and position a circle where the foot switch is to be located, and dremel a hole in the plastic floor. Be neat and accurate here as the hole will be on show. You will need the foot switch itself to work with when setting up the install on the footrest. Remove it from the floor, or buy a new one if you like.

Next, Dremel grind and profile down the plastic reo walls where the foot switch will go to accept the plug.(See my pics) Once done, drill two mounting holes to anchor down the foot switch. Position and bolt up the foot switch. You can add a rubber knob on if you like. I did, and it works and looks good i think. Next add the steel right angle bracket to the under side. (see my pics) The steel should be about 2 ml thick for strength support. These brackets should be available from hardware stores and the like. Through trial and error, grind off a certain length of steel from one end of the bracket, and smooth round shape the corners so the bracket won't damage your carpet. I removed about 1/2 an inch of steel. This bracket acts as a support for the footrest to be firm and rigid when in position. Spray paint the bracket with black paint to finish off with.

You're now ready to install the footrest. The good news is that you won't have to modify the wiring or plug, as there is plenty of length provided in the factory wiring setup. It's plug and play. Just transfer the plug from the old switch to the new one. You can even replace the two bolts that held down the old foot switch to the floor, once you have removed the old switch. Next, finally position where you want the footrest to go, and using black colored, pan head, self tapping phillips head screws, drill and screw two holes to anchor down the footrest. (see my pics). Drill slowly and carefully, as you don't want to destroy the carpet when drilling.(carpet pile wind up) The position of the screws won't interfear with anything under the floor pan. You will see my choice of screw position does not drill through the vinyl floor pad as well. That does not get defaced. In the Mach 1 the factory vinyl floor pad is much bigger. Different screw positioning will be needed in this case to avoid floor pad damage. Two screws is all that is really needed for a firm install.

Once screwed down and in, the footrest is installed and ready to go.

REFERENCES.

PART NUMBER. VW - 2H0864420A71N.

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/busin...es/299131/

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Many thanks,

Greg.Smile

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#2
Wow that is so awesome 😎

So I'm a proud owner of one Mach 1 73! Regards Lars DK73 😎

So I'm a proud owner of one Mach 1 73! Regards Lars DK73whistling
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#3
You are officially my hero!!!!!!!!

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Mike

"If I were you...... I´d rather be me."  Tongue

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Greg,

I would never do that on mine but I like the idea very much and your work is very accurate - that is a very good DIY-tutorial for the mod-guys goodpost

Tim

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly Angel
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Thanks Guys,

Yeah Tim, i guess if you wanted to keep your Mustang very original as possible, then you would not consider adding something like this to your car, and a non American part as well. In my case retro fitting the footrest doesn't bother me, as i feel i haven't bastardised my Vert from an appearance point of view, but i hear what you are saying.

But it also has to be said that most of these aftermarket repro parts available today for our 123's, are made in Asian countries, not America, and it could be said that our Mustangs are part Asian and not full blooded American machines.

Oh well, i'm going for comfort in my arthritic old age!Tongue

Greg.Smile

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
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Great job!



Mike AKA Ole Pony & Rare Pony

Our current Mustang garage/driveway
1973 Mustang Convert - Bought in 1974 - Still have it!
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Austin Vert;248475 Wrote:But it also has to be said that most of these aftermarket repro parts available today for our 123's, are made in Asian countries, not America, and it could be said that our Mustangs are part Asian and not full blooded American machines.

Oh well, i'm going for comfort in my arthritic old age!Tongue

Greg.Smile

Hahaha, yeah, that's right - that's why I am using as less aftermarket parts as possible Big Grin No - mainly because of the often poor quality! But you cannot avoid it and there are some good aftermarket parts out there, too. Ask Don... Wink

If I am getting that old Tongue once I will perhaps think the other way - and will drive an automatic with cruise control and TWO footrests left and right Big Grin

Nice work though thumb

Tim

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#8
Great idea... i have been looking for a solution like this...

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#9
Sweet!! Nice job! thumb

How does it work with the e-brake pedal? Do you need to adjust it a little tighter to ensure it fully engages before bottoming out on the foot rest ("Dead Pedal" as we call it around here)?

Eric

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Mister 4x4;248488 Wrote:Sweet!! Nice job! thumb

How does it work with the e-brake pedal? Do you need to adjust it a little tighter to ensure it fully engages before bottoming out on the foot rest ("Dead Pedal" as we call it around here)?

Thanks Eric,

In my Vert, the foot brake does its job properly when i push the pedal down very close to the foot rest. However, i would imagine you would have to check that on various Mustangs as the foot brake adjustment would vary from car to car. So adjusting the pedal tighter would be an advantage for sure.

Greg.Smile

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