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Old 04-03-2010, 08:38 PM
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Pedal Pads made from 50 cent flip-flops.

Ever had your pedal pads start showing ugly wear and tear and wonder how to spruce them up for less than 50 cents? Here's how I just did it for my sedan/delivery.

These were the old pads from the donor vehicle. Worn and ugly as sin.



I had already cleaned up and powder coated the pedals themselves. But I was in dire need of something interesting and unique to cover them with.



Then I stumbled on a couple pair of flip-flops I had scored for 50 cents when a local gift shop had gone out of business.



I cut our the shape of the pad on my band saw, smoothed the cut edges with 180 grit sandpaper and then used contact cement and 4 screws to attach the pads to the pedal faces.







Here are all three pedals completed.



And here they are hung in the car.



Now I just need to find a buyer for these slightly used, low mileage, air conditioned beauties.



[As always, you can find complete step by step pictures and details of this project in my journal here. ]

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Old 04-03-2010, 09:53 PM
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Those look awesome! For anyone looking for cheap flip flops (not as cheap as $0.50, but still...) Old Navy sells flip-flops in about a billion different colors. 2 pairs for $5. If you really got a hair, you could color code your pedals to your interior or exterior.

Once again, very cool!
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Old 04-03-2010, 10:40 PM
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Old Navy sells flip-flops in about a billion different colors. 2 pairs for $5.
Which raises a couple other points. If you have a choice, always buy the largest size available. Because of the holes in the flip flops, you have to maneuver around a bit to get enough material to cover your pedals, particularly if you pedal faces are on the large size. Also, you will definitely need one "shoe" per pedal. So if your car is like mine, you'll end up using three flips and have one flop left over. Which you can then donate to the Pirate Welfare League.
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Great Idea
I have a few of the top plates from conveyor chain that I plan to use for pedals down the road. around 1 1/2" X 2 1/2" steel with 2 stainless rivets in the center/
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That's pure genius!!!

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... with 2 stainless rivets in the center...
Thanks for throwing in your plan, Shane, because I failed to also mention that one can easily drill the holes in the backer plates completely through the pads and then add nice, stainless, rivets or bolts to give the pads a bit more "racing" flavor. The pads are thick enough that you can also counter sink the holes on the face side so that the bolt or rivet heads are flush with, or below, the face of the pad.

Add that to the idea that you can get flip-flops in all different colors and you can start to see the wide range of personalized and custom applications this might take on. And at relatively little expense.

Can't wait to see what some others might come up with for ideas.
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Let's put this in General Rodding Tech, too.

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Good by me. Didn't know where it would fit best.
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Pretty innovative idea there!

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