I fitted a smaller stearing wheel and put a hump in the support bar for it, this gets enough space to get my left knee in. The throttle pedal can be positioned almost anywhere you like on the bulkhead, so I put this where it was comefortable for me. The Brake and clutch would be harder to move back. I'm sure Ivan would have explained about extended pedals, so you will need to check you haven't got those if you need more room. The other thing that you can do is adjust the seat padding under the seat cover.
I did similar to Ady, although my steering column has a flexible joint to allow articulation and avoid my knees. I also had to create another column support to stiffen it up. I did not move the pedal box as it would require cutting the bulkhead and then remaking it sufficiently strong to resist the pedal actions....possible but!!! I have to drive in slim fitting shoes to allow room for my feet, but no real problems although to dip the headlights is a problem...drive on Dip all the time...don't use the Bug much at night especially on roads that I don't know. problem solved by the by I'm 6 foot in old money
I seem to recall that at one time there was a Bug owner who was about 6'7" so if he managed to shoehorn himself in then I would think most people will be able to but as above I modified the steering column steady and fitted a 10" steering wheel to get in easier
I've never had a three wheel Bug so I'm not familiar with changes over the years, but AFAIK the pedal box was originally 'bottom-up', at the front lower edge of the footwell (nicely placed to catch all the rainwater leaks... ). Did later Bugs have a top-down pedal box? I don't know, but my Webster does. It's been lifted straight from a Robin, and as far as I can tell the only bodywork issue is that the master cylinder top requires a clearance hole in the underside of the canopy. Webster hung the pedal box from inside the front face of a "box" which you can see in the photo (the large holes are my creation to facilitate post-build access) and you can see the master cylinder cap points upwards. When the canopy closes, its underside lies pretty much flush on top of this box, hence the need for a hole in the canopy to go around the master cylinder filler cap.
Whether or not you could adapt this set up to a standard Bug I couldn't say. But I can tell you the 'box' holding the pedal box has an internal wall, making it like two boxes joined together, and it is one of the toughest most rigid bits of GRP moulding I've ever had to contend with, it's like a tank! No pathetic puny metal reinforcement here! Point is, being almost a cube, it seems to have no problem handling the torques imposed from operating the pedals.
karl: For more details pm me or Ron Biggin (Biggles)
Aug 6, 2018 18:19:30 GMT
martin: OK will join club , but cant print form yet ,will do when home next week
Aug 12, 2018 16:21:10 GMT
martin: Hi, as my father cannot get ins he would like to sell his bug. I will put on ebay but if anyone is interested please ring Martin 07590723076 . Good bits... he has rebuilt it and its one of the first . Bad bits ... its painted red and has home made bumpers
Sept 2, 2018 9:22:46 GMT
Little-John: I watched Mike and Eddd. restore a Bond Bug on "Wheeler Dealers." At the Woburn 40th birthday party there were two very professional looking 4 wheel Bond Bugs (one yellow, one green.) Were they factory versions? How were they done? By whom?
Dec 1, 2018 22:10:14 GMT
davidhtomlin: hoping to buy a bug, advice appreciated.
Dec 10, 2018 13:28:14 GMT
andrea: HI Guys! trust everybody enjoyed the holiday season! Need your help: i am looking for hinges... anybody can help? Please let me know. Thanks
Jan 6, 2019 22:58:49 GMT
andrea: Hi Guys! anybody there?
Jan 7, 2019 21:39:15 GMT
andrea: Need your help: i am looking for hinges... anybody can help?
Jan 7, 2019 21:44:41 GMT
mybug: Anyone know the whereabouts of PTO 365M? It was mine back in the early 80s and some pix have surfaced here (apparently from ebay around 5 years ago) so is it still around?
Jan 14, 2019 13:58:31 GMT
karl: Andrea, just seen your post. if you're still looking try putting it in the for sale wants thread.
Jan 14, 2019 19:58:09 GMT
mybug: Searched and spooled through every image/video/old ad I can find on the internet, I'm thinking that PTO 365M is not around any more. May be resting in a shed, but given the small and tight-knit Bug community, I'd have thought that someone would know it.
Jan 16, 2019 14:19:51 GMT
Biggles: I think David and Jim Williams are doing the Hinges ....
Jan 27, 2019 9:41:59 GMT
Dave Powell: David did me some great hinges.
Feb 11, 2019 21:52:09 GMT
mikebentley: how does this shout box work?
Feb 16, 2019 13:40:51 GMT
nigel1962: Hi mark ,did you get my reply
Feb 18, 2019 20:44:05 GMT
crabo: Does anyone have the registration plate numbers or the chassis numbers for the Rothmans Bugs (six of). I friend of mine has just purchased a white Bug (700E) in need of restoration, reg URC 42L, chassis no BR62313, eng no 9816.
Mar 27, 2019 19:41:42 GMT
jefferdp: All, does anyone know the size of the headlights on the bug, Some say there 7/6" but that seems a little large to me. Also where can you get replacments now?
Apr 4, 2019 16:54:48 GMT