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  • Custom Replacement Heel Plate Cover

    At some point during the past 23yrs I took it upon myself to remove the bottom of the heel plate on my P-750 and eventually loose it. It has remained in my Box of Forgotten Parts for years. Recently I decided to incorporate some electronics to my kit. I bought an Alesis Sample Pad and have now expanded to attaching a Simmons KP1 kick pad. Instead of buying a new pedal, I remembered my old Pearl from my Export kit; which most of was stolen from my practice room in 2001. Once I drug it out I realized that an integral part was missing. I searched and searched, with no success. So, I decided to make my own.
    I had to go to a machine shop to get the screws for the hinge taken out. I stripped them so bad an EZ-Out was of no help. The guy at the shop had to use a blow torch and then even hammer in the bit to get one of them out. The other, he actually had to drill out.
    There was what appeared to be blue Loctite residue in the screw holes. Correct me if I am wrong about this, but they were stuck in there. I bought a piece of 1/8" sheet aluminum to make my new heel plate cover.
    I then took the heel plate and traced it onto a piece of construction paper and then drew the lines so it would fit within the recessed portion of the plate. I pressed down on the screw holes so I could poke a pen through. I cut this out and taped it to the aluminum and traced it. Click image for larger version

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    I then took a Dremel tool with a cutting wheel and cut out the plate cover and used a bench grinder to smooth out the edges. I took a metal 5/32" drill bit and drilled the screw holes. After that I used a 1/4" and a counter sink bit to fit the shoulder of the screws.
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    I bought some 8mm screws from a store and marked them so I could shorten them to the correct length with my handy dandy Dremel cutting wheel. Click image for larger version

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    I then used a Tap and Die kit to make sure the threads were in good shape where I cut them. I then sanded the plate so it would look nice for the audience. LOL
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    The rest of the instructions will be in the following post as I have hit my 4 picture limit.

    Last edited by Drakken; 06-10-2021, 12:16 PM.

  • #2
    Since my first drum set was mostly stolen, Minus the 13" tom, snare, two cymbal stands and this pedal, I have marked all of my drums and most of my equipment for identification. I wrote my name on the underside of this plate so in the future I can remove the screws to prove it is in fact mine if needed. Click image for larger version

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    And here it is mounded and ready to go.
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    Yeah, the screws are not flush and I will probably glue some rubber or something similar to it to keep it from scratching and give it some extra grip, but I now have a working pedal for the price of a few screws and a $5 piece of sheet metal.



    • #3
      Very nice DIY project to resurrect some new life out of some old gear.
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      • #4
        Great project.
        Eric G : Pearl,pAiSTe,Remo,Vic Firth,SKB,Roc n Soc,Roland V-Drums. Masters MCX Chestnut fade.
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        • #5
          Nice save.
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