I Have Controls.
Well, some of them at least.
Having cut a hatch in the bottom of the driver's footwell and drilled the chassis to take the pedals' axle, I was rooting around in the stores when I came across this assembly. A game-changer which solved my pedal box woes in a trice.
A doubler plate was in order as the footwell is only 1.2mm steel. You would think that getting the holes in the right place would be a piece of cake - the less said the better. The piece of nylon was necessary for the tops of the pedals to clear the box.
And miracle of miracles, the casting was set up to accommodate master cylinders for the brake and clutch. The clutch operation will be mechanical, but I had a bit of a brainwave and adapted an old cylinder to act as a return spring for the pedal.
The pedals' axle had to be replaced by a longer shaft as this had to go through the inner wall of the driver's footwell so that a sprocket can be attached for the clutch operation.
The aluminium piece is the support clamp to go either side of the angled wall and also contains a bronze bush. Cutting the hole was a bit of a lark and I'll be adding a steel doubler to reduce flex (and draw a veil over some inaccuracies).
This is how the clutch lever will be operated. I'm pushed for space and it's impossible to get a cable setup to work without too tight bends in the line. Chain drive is incredibly efficient and largely maintenance free. I've had a clutch cable nipple depart the fix on the Hillman (it's an RS2000 part) so I always carry a spare with me. The keyway in the release bearing shaft is in the wrong place, but I shall get Chumley to cut me a new one a bit further round on the lever. I'm also going to have adjust the actual arm (with a bit of heat) to get a straight pull on the chain.
The steering assist motor sits very neatly atop the footwell. This is also mounted on a doubler plate to help with rigidity. The double-jointed universal which came with the kit will be handy as the Riley column is set about an inch inboard from the centreline of the motor.
The steering wheel end has proved to be not so accommodating as for some reason there are two different spline sizes and no seemed to know what the smaller one was. Some careful measuring (ha!) gave me 5/8" x 36 - which is a standard size - and a couple of shafts (one to get wrong) are in the post.
The original Riley handbrake actuating lever will be perfect for the throttle pedal and will utilise the shaft and hole in the chassis rail I made for plan 'A'.
On behalf of a chum, I slipped off to look at a Jodel 120 that's for sale. It might be fun to say "I have control" again.