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New carpet -- best way to cut for gas pedal??
Posted by: BigGeorgesVair ()
Date: October 06, 2018 08:47AM

Hi guys.
Can anyone who has installed new carpet (I'm using Clarks carpet kit) tell me how they cut for gas pedal? Since the rod comes from the tunnel a few inches, I can't figure the best way to cut for the pedal and not have an obvious cut after the pedal is installed. Any pictures or ideas are appreciated. Even a picture of installed carpet with a closeup of how the pedal rod comes thru the carpet would probably help. Mine is a 500 coupe, so no old carpet as a guide (had the rubber mat)
Thanks!!
George

George O
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Re: New carpet -- best way to cut for gas pedal??
Posted by: corvairtherapy ()
Date: October 06, 2018 02:11PM

remove the pedal from the shaft after marking it's position. cut a small hole just big enough to put the shaft through.Re install pedal aligning the marks, Done.

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Re: New carpet -- best way to cut for gas pedal??
Posted by: red monza ()
Date: October 06, 2018 04:48PM

I just did this...I made sure the carpet was in its final installed position (important). I then pressed the carpet up tight to the gas pedal without removing anything and I made a side ways mark in chalk at the base of the pedal. Made the cut and then put the carpet OVER the pedal and brought it down to the base of the gas pedal.Probably Corvairtherapy's method is better but I am pleased with my cut.

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Re: New carpet -- best way to cut for gas pedal??
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: October 06, 2018 05:33PM

I'll try and get you a pic of mine tomorrow, surely someone will beat me though. My tip is to use a super sharp razer knife, makes a much cleaner cut and if you mess up it'll hide really well, be careful with the fingers though.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: New carpet -- best way to cut for gas pedal??
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: October 07, 2018 06:33AM

If I come along later to work on the car I would prefer to be able to slip the carpet up and off without removing the pedal.

Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com

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Re: New carpet -- best way to cut for gas pedal??
Posted by: corvairtherapy ()
Date: October 07, 2018 01:44PM

Yes but after using it for a while, it starts to ravel and looks like crap. I'll take the few extra minutes and do it right.

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Re: New carpet -- best way to cut for gas pedal??
Posted by: 19sixty5 ()
Date: October 07, 2018 03:22PM

If you cut a slit, use a soldering iron or a heated strip of metal to burn the ends, it helps with the unraveling.

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Re: New carpet -- best way to cut for gas pedal??
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: October 07, 2018 03:47PM

I cut it with a razor knife then cauterize it with a putty knife heated with a propane torch.

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Re: New carpet -- best way to cut for gas pedal??
Posted by: Spectre ()
Date: October 07, 2018 03:54PM

I used an old electric soldering iron when I did my carpet. I have a nice butane one for actual soldering.

David Clamp


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Re: New carpet -- best way to cut for gas pedal??
Posted by: ys063 ()
Date: October 07, 2018 04:10PM

I find it much easier to purchase carpets with the accelerator pedal and dimmer switch already cut in their proper places.

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Re: New carpet -- best way to cut for gas pedal??
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: October 07, 2018 04:51PM

I took a couple of pics with my phone, will load them as soon as I can do the resizing done. I actually spent part of my day trimming new carpet in my Blazer, the carpet trims fairly easily but this carpet has a half inch of padding bonded to it and that stuff is a pain to cut and eats razer blades.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: New carpet -- best way to cut for gas pedal??
Posted by: BigGeorgesVair ()
Date: October 07, 2018 05:34PM

ys063 Wrote:
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> I find it much easier to purchase carpets with the
> accelerator pedal and dimmer switch already cut in
> their proper places.

John,
Where did you find carpet for a Corvair already cut for pedals, etc??
I didn't know that was an option.

George O
🇺🇸 1967 Corvair 500 110/PG. in family since 1969 with 1200 miles(75k currently).
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Re: New carpet -- best way to cut for gas pedal??
Posted by: solo2r ()
Date: October 07, 2018 08:54PM

Yes, I asked ACC and they do not do it.... as of last month anyways

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Re: New carpet -- best way to cut for gas pedal??
Posted by: ys063 ()
Date: October 09, 2018 12:27PM

In the past I have purchased ACC carpets and they have been already die cut for accelerator and dimmer switch

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Re: New carpet -- best way to cut for gas pedal??
Posted by: playerpage ()
Date: October 11, 2018 09:53PM

I made a T-shaped slice, with the "shaft" of the T pointing toward the trunk. When I went over the pedal that vertical slit was hidden behind the pedal.

Eric C. Player
Porterville, CA
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1967 Monza 140 Red/1966 500 110 Black/1965 Monza 110 Yellow
* Now: 1966 Corsa 180 Turbo Project. Blue, Blue/Beige interior.



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Re: New carpet -- best way to cut for gas pedal??
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: October 12, 2018 05:08AM

I purchased ACC about 2 years ago, NO PRE CUTS

J.O.

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COMPLETED--with Pics!!!! Thanks for help thumbs upRe: New carpet -- best way to cut for gas pedal??
Posted by: BigGeorgesVair ()
Date: October 12, 2018 05:55PM

Hi guys,
Just wanted to thank everyone for their help and suggestions!! I have to say to anyone taking on this job, the suggestions for the soldering iron was a HUGE help. I was a little concerned with the quality of the carpet(and I love Clarks!). But I feel a little better with the "cauterizing" that it did. It was also AMAZING to make all the holes for bolts for seat frame, seat belts etc.
Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!
George

George O
🇺🇸 1967 Corvair 500 110/PG. in family since 1969 with 1200 miles(75k currently).
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Re: COMPLETED--with Pics!!!! Thanks for help thumbs upRe: New carpet -- best way to cut for gas pedal??
Posted by: corvairtherapy ()
Date: October 15, 2018 12:03PM

Nice job on the go fast pedal!
Dave.. .

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