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Cobra parking brake

PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:42 am

Take a look at the parking brake mechanism in this picture of a page out of a AC Cobra owners manual. Strikingly similar. Wonder where these parts are from? By the way, this manual recently sold on ebay for $500! :shock: Why can't we bring in Cobra prices? Our cars were similarly priced when new. Anyway, let's not go down that path now....

Here's a link to that manual, if you're interested.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... MEWAX%3AIT
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PostPost by: gerrym » Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:08 pm

Well the rear brakes were supplied by Girling so I guess not exclusive to Lotus. By the way Fiat Dino's use the same handbrake pads....

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PostPost by: pauljones » Sun Jan 03, 2010 4:26 pm

just a quick question for those that may know,are these the same as jaguar types?
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PostPost by: rdssdi » Sun Jan 03, 2010 4:32 pm

What car supplied the Elan and Elan +2 rear calipers with parking brake?

I was told that they were from a front wheel drive car.

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PostPost by: gerrym » Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:39 pm

Bob, my guess is that Girling made these rear disk calipers with attached mechanical handbrake levers as a special catalogue item. All the applications I have found that used them were low volume (eg Cobra, Fiat Dino, Elite? Lamborgini, Elans etc.) I don't think they were ever fitted to a "volume" model. As far as front axle applications, the caliper piston diameters are very small. They would only be suitable for a vehicle of around 500kg (at most).

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PostPost by: AussieJohn » Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:05 pm

I think they came from a Fiat 2300 if memory serves!
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