Vanagon – rude and crude pedal lock

A late Xmas present made from 3/8″ X 1.5″ steel ( 3/8″ is admittedly overkill). Padlock goes through the hole in the removable bar.

The design is a direct copy of one I saw on the net ( I think made by a German vanagon owner). There are a few variations on the pedal lock theme, I chose this one as it seemed to be the simplest.

  1. #1 by Alan on March 2, 2017 - 10:19 am

    I like it. It makes driving difficult. I wish I had an effective trans lock to keep granny or reverse engaged, or an easy e-brake or line lock. When I was driving to Baja and leaving my van above the point breaks below, the issue wasn’t that the vehicle would be stolen, taken far, or even that it was desirable, but rather that it would suffer a smash and grab (solved by cheap or hidden stereos, leaving the windows open, with nothing of value left behind), followed by e-brake release, where-after it would last be seen as it joined in for a terminal session surfing. (An obvious deterrent was to park away from cliffs, and never perpendicular to a cliff edge). A clever lock design still alludes me. You’ve got both the clever and materials covered…so I’ll just plant the seed and wait for germination πŸ˜‰

    • #2 by albell on March 2, 2017 - 5:18 pm

      Well that’s a disheartening story Alan.

      I’ve wondered about a shift lock but a bit worried about the strength of the shifter assembly. Maybe an e brake lock would be better? Something that wedges the e brake handle up hard and locks?




  2. #3 by edbee on March 2, 2017 - 10:14 pm

    I like it! Kinda’ reminds me of the 3/8″ Bostig rear skid plate: built like a brick outhouse. πŸ™‚
    Re Alan’s comments about a lock to keep granny gear or reverse engaged: at one point I started acquiring parts to do just that for my old mustang. I bought a power door lock solenoid and was planning to have it operate a hardened steel pin that would run through the existing holes in the shift linkage assembly stopping the parts from moving (it was actually the neutral alignment hole in a Hurst Competition Plus shifter so I would have had to drill an extra hole through the reverse plate so i could lock it in reverse). Although I suppose if one did add something like that to our vans, a potential thief would likely break the shifter in an attempt to get it to move, so … yes, AB’s idea of an e-brake handle lock sounds best to go along with the clutch/brake pedal lock.

    • #4 by albell on March 3, 2017 - 12:04 am

      I’m glad you agree that the shifter lock is a weak idea. I’m thinking more on the e brake lock.

      Hey Ed, spring is springing around here, you feel it?



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