The problems with this approach are thus:
- The springs you see there are to return the yoke to a neutral position. They pull down on the large pulley wheel making the tension adjustment on the drive belt a pain
- The original idea was to use a smaller pulley wheel attached to the potentiometer. This would put stress on it due to the belt tension and would also result in the potentiometer "pegging out" prematurely at each end of travel
My extensive search for something similar lead me to a local hobby store where I picked up a small bag of gears etc. You can order it online here if you run into the same problems I did in finding something as rudimentary as a pair of matched gears!
In this photo you can see I drilled a 1 inch center hole to receive the spindle and also routed out about half the depth to one side to accept the potentiometer mounting board that I salvaged from the old CH Products yoke:
Next a dry fit of the parts:
Now the tricky part of pulling the springs down and hooking them onto the retaining bolt. Fortunately I have this little gizmo, used for installing the springs on recessed light fixtures:
Other news to report - the snows in Paris have melted and the Fedex truck was able to make it to Revolution Simproducts factory. The replacement rudder pedal panels are on route. No word yet on when we'll get my TQ sorted out but hey - it's early in the year.