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Handbrake lever help

PostPost by: jerryh » Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:31 am

Hi
Can anyone help me with some dimensions please, I only have the lever for the handbrake as the outer sleeve is missing but I have found some thin gauge box section that I can use to fabricate an outer sleeve but I need to know the size and position of the bracket that fixes to the steering column, also the length of the sleeve and I note from picture in the B B's book that there is a bracket at the bottom that fixes to the bulkhead. Hopefully someone has one not fixed to there car that they can take the dimensions from. Any help would me most appreciated.

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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:16 am

Hi Jerry
This may help but maybe not, it was originally formed from a flat sheet to stamp into the steel the catches for the ratchet paw and then folded and welded into the square shaped tube. good luck, I would modify a Cortina GT mk1 hand brake pull before I made one.

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PostPost by: 661 » Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:28 am

I got mine from an old cortina. Would it not save a lot of heartache to get one from a scrap-yard?
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Fri Apr 27, 2012 3:22 pm

jerryh wrote:I need to know the size and position of the bracket that fixes to the steering column, also the length of the sleeve and I note from picture in the B B's book that there is a bracket at the bottom that fixes to the bulkhead


Assuming you're talking about an Elan as you refer to BB's book and not a +2 which may be different.....The handbrake assembly has only one bracket which fixes to the top of the footbox (not the steering column) at the lower end the circular section of the cable guide (Gary's 4th pic) is supported by a grommet where it passes through the bulkhead, no bracket.
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PostPost by: jerryh » Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:58 pm

Thanks for the replies and thank you Gary for the photos they are very helpful. My first choice would be to obtain one from a scrap Cortina but the oldest cars in our local scrappys are Ford Mundanos.

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PostPost by: Pastapesto » Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:34 pm

Jerry

Where are you situated?

I think it will be very difficult to do & be much easier to try & find one from one of the specialists (a used part).

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