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Old 12-18-2008
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Need 'Red Neck' Cruise Control ideas

Welp, I'll be going 2,500 miles starting next weekend, and don't have cruise on my truck. Looking for any ideas on keeping the go pedal where I want it, to get us through. I have a 36" Mac prybar that I can probably work with my hand lol


What ideas do you have? (short of dropping $200 for the factory swap)
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your foot
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use a 4x4 peice of wood... haha
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your foot
My foot for 33 HOURS of driving sounds pretty crappy...thanks, i think?
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your foot
Simple, yet effective.

^^That's all I got.
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I usually use my right for the throttle and brake, left for the clutch. My truck is auto so... I usually only use my right foot when driving my truck
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take a damn brick with you......

rock

cinder block

weight

hmm

anything heavy..

maybe something that extends different lengths..
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Hire a chauffeur.
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The only safe way to do it is drive with your feet... if you use a solid object to hold the gas pedal, it could get stuck and if you have to brake suddenly, well... you're going for a ride....
Just stop every couple of hours and walk around for a few minutes. You could also try to switch feet every now and then to give one leg a rest. I've done that before on long trips.. takes some getting used to, but it's safer than holding the gas pedal with a prybar.
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your basically screwed, and i feel sorry for you.
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yeah i drove yuma az to huntsville utah.. and it was like.. 16 or so hours.. no cruise control and no heat in winter.. it sucked. i feel bad for you.. atleast my Crown Vic PI could go 110 - 150 mph no problem haha.
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I don't really like to drive for more than 4 hours without a rest stop. Plus, you'll need to stop for gas and stuff, so those are breaks to get you out of the truck and moving around a bit.
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I used to long distance drive a Saturn with no cruise (12 hrs. each way, over a long weekend, 2 or 3x a month). Rest your foot on the gas and the tunnel. Not really "wedge" it but use the tunnel as a point of foot contact.

I would also suggest a selection of shoes. I've found that changing from sneakers to a hard sole shoe helps.
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add cruise control... or your foot. any other way its unsafe imo
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for a ranger just buy my cruise control setup......
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get cruise control
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I'd be more worried about sitting in a single cab Ranger for 33 hours.
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Just add cruise.
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A real redneck would have at least one fishing pole in the truck. Just use it.
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...or wedge the shotgun between the pedal and steering column
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I would also suggest a selection of shoes. I've found that changing from sneakers to a hard sole shoe helps.

Good point Earl. When I drive my truck, which is a stick, I am either wearing steel toe boots or sneakers. I much prefer to drive any vehicle with my boots as they have a harder sole and absorb much of the flex a light sneaker will give you, which ends up tiring your feet out and making them sore. Also with the harder/heavier footwear, you are using less effort on the pedals, decreasing fatigue on your feet.
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you should stop at least every 3 hours just to be safe any way i can go longer when driving in the hill country of TX but it always messes me up when im driving to San Antonio from corpus Cristi TX there nothing just straight road
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Tip on shoes is a good one, I'll have to consider that one. Everything else I guess I'll just ride it out. 3-4hours between stops is still a pita holdin the throttle. Guess thats what I get for a no-option truck
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I can tell you what I did when I broke my throttle cable in one of my trucks. I took a long peice of heavy string ran it trough my fire wall where there is an access port and had a hand throttle. you could do that and just tie it off to your cigarette lighter or somthing
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