Has anyone modified a 2nd Gen Speedster to get more leg room?

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19 Jan 2019 05:49 #36502 by mikespeed35
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25 Mar 2019 19:32 #36890 by tresenreiter
I'm 190cm tall and feel sitting too high in my Glenn Pray Boattail Speedster. So I dismount the seatconsole and built a lower connection between the factory screwholes and the seat. Its better to drive for me, because now sitting 3cm lower.

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04 Apr 2019 11:07 #36939 by AuburnNut
I own an Elegant Motors Speedster replica and I’m 6 ft 1”. I am able to completely stretch my left leg so it’s straight to the firewall, so it’s quite comfortable. I think the biggest issues to ensure comfort are ensuring that your seat design is pretty compact (not too thick) and it’s placement on the floor is in the optimal position. You can thin the back of the seat, if it has springs rather than just foam, by compressing the springs a little with tie downs. You can also sometimes reposition the seat a little further back and make the back slightly more vertical to squeeze a bit more room. The other issue is pedal placement. I’ve seen lots of replicas put huge pedals in poorly fitted places. This leaves too little room for the left leg to stretch out, or not at all. It isn’t that difficult to pull out the pedals and refabricate so that they feel right. I’ve done this exact same thing on my car and it makes a huge difference to the drive ability of the car.

Hope these suggestions help. Of course you can refabricate the body, but that’s a huge project in my opinion, and something I personally would never contemplate.

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08 Apr 2019 19:51 - 08 Apr 2019 19:52 #36969 by jivanty
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22 Apr 2019 15:05 #37042 by gregleck
I just picked up an Elegant Motors speedster in Florida. Drove it about 100 miles to Sanford, Florida where I put it on the Amtrak Auto auto train. About a 2:15 drive. Left leg cannot stretch out without being right under the brake pedal. Right knee must be bent almost 90 degrees to use the gas pedal

Worse was the 250 mile ride home from Lorton, Virginia to Pennsylvania. Had to stop a number of times to work the cramps out.
As others have pointed out, pedal design and placement is terrible if you are tall. (Seller of this car is about 5'6". This will be the first thing I will have to work on.

Nevertheless, looking forward to lots of summer and fall drives!

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22 Apr 2019 15:06 #37043 by gregleck
Forgot to mention, that on three separate occasions, when to hit the brake and hit the gas pedal instead. Fortunately had enough time to recover!

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