Saturday, May 11, 2013

Hand Controlled Clutch Pedal For Ford Tractor

My father has a Ford diesel tractor that he loves to play around on. He also has a bad knee on his left side that precludes him from playing around on it as much as he would like. And it has been getting worse lately. Could we come up with something that could help him operate that clutch pedal easier, he wondered.

Yes we could.

And we did.

It is not pretty. It is not high tech. It is not precision built to the tolerances of a fine Swiss watch.

But it does work.. This is what we did-

Here we have a close-up  of the clutch pedal  on the aforementioned Ford tractor.
It is just a clutch pedal,  much the same as any other clutch pedal. Except for one thing.
 Do you see that round little knob just below the pedal itself.?

 Here is a view of it  from the other side of the tractor. It is just a piece of round steel that we welded on.

 In this picture you can see  that we have a steel pipe that just happens to fit over the round steel knob that is welded to the clutch pedal. . I wouldn't really call it a snug fit,  but it is tight enough to keep it from flopping around.


Here is my father demonstrating its operation. In this picture, the clutch pedal is not depressed.

When he wants to operate the clutch, he just pushes forward on the steel pipe and it depresses the clutch pedal. When he wants to release the clutch,. he just lets go of the steel pipe. When he wants to get of the tractor, he just pulls the pipe off and lays it to the side.

What could be more simple?

We did something kinda sort of along the same lines for the clutch pedal on his 1 ton Chevy flatbed truck. . I will post pictures of it when I get them.


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  5. We do all kinds of figuring out how people with injury/illness can keep working. You're right on with this lever idea!

  6. Thanks. He has since upgraded to a different tractor with an automatic transmission.