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Engine bay handbrake adjuster

PostPost by: el torro » Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:07 pm

Oh no tried to loosen this off and only broke it off,any idea how to overcome this,I take it the part of chassis it goes through is threaded,even if I got new handbrake cable I would have to get bit of adjuster out of that part,hindsight tells me I should have checked this before putting engine in ,never had a hindsight course?????
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PostPost by: Elan45 » Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:13 pm

Did you loosen off the jam nut before trying to adjust the fitting?
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PostPost by: el torro » Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:29 pm

The adjuster was at maximum in,loose outer and had sized up so would not unscrew,I have ordered new cable so will have to drill out tap,a compete b,,,,,,,,,d
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PostPost by: Elanconvert » Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:00 pm

main reason I left mine alone......
just wondering.....tapping might be a bit awkward......drilling out won't be that easy either......
maybe use a longer adjuster from another h/brake cable [e.g. ford anglia?] and go through the mounting hole with nuts on both sides?
just a thought.. :P

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PostPost by: el torro » Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:23 am

Yup a bit of suck it and see approach might be needed,why they did not have adjuster at rear of car ?
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:30 am

Because the outer cable finishes at the front of the car....

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PostPost by: Matt Elan » Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:17 am

...and of course if the adjuster was at the rear it wouldn't be lubricated by the incontinence of the engine. I do feel for you though; try a bit of heat and lots of lube / WD40 / penetrating oil on the chassis mount, leave it for a day and then more heat and jam something you can turn into the seized bit - like a file tang or a screwdriver - with a bit of luck and a following wind it will come out without stripping the thread in the chassis.
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PostPost by: billwill » Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:12 pm

Use a proper PENETRATING OIL such as PlusGas, because WD 40 is not really a penetrating oil it is a water absorber.
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