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Hot Rods Anyone installed an E brake they salvaged from a yard in their hot rod

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by testdepth, Mar 29, 2019.

  1. Truckdoctor Andy
    Joined: Jan 13, 2017
    Posts: 570

    Truckdoctor Andy

    Call them whatever you want, in Missouri, by state law, all vehicles are required to have an emergency brake. And when they don’t work, I will fail you on State Safety Inspection.

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  2. tb33anda3rd
    Joined: Oct 8, 2010
    Posts: 14,425

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    I can't ever remember buying a new one.
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  3. bschwoeble
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 329


    Like DDDenny, I used a C3 Corvette that I had in my stash for probably 20 years. I tend to use OEM stuff when I can. I appreciate the aftermarket, but I trust parts from decades ago more than the current off shore garbage.
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  4. drptop70ss
    Joined: May 31, 2010
    Posts: 1,117

    from NY

    1993-2002 camaro uses a simple hand lever style, should be easy to find since not too old and hundreds of thousands made. Make a boot for it and good to go.
  5. I used a late model Hyundai cables with a Honda handle-just basic pick-a-part stuff that works.
  6. ROADSTER1927
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,513


    Are there any that don't come from salvage yards?:D
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  7. 500caddy
    Joined: Feb 8, 2019
    Posts: 23


    My vehicles are all built from junkyard parts, Buying an new emergency brake lever would be very low on my list of things to spend money on. I’m old I call it an emergency brake

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  8. testdepth
    Joined: Dec 23, 2018
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  9. Fitty Toomuch
    Joined: Jun 29, 2010
    Posts: 197

    Fitty Toomuch
    from WVa

    I managed to get my original handle to work with some creative thought, 52 to a 72 rear, It works, I`m happy.
  10. I've often combed through the foreign car yards for e-brake handles that mount to the floor between bucket seats...lots of useable options...helpful hint...bring your metric tools.
  11. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 6,979


    I used the original in my 37 Chevy p/u,made a bracket to mount it to the T-5 and works well.

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  12. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,157

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    In my '49 Chevy pickup, I used a foot operated E brake from some AMC car that worked out well. I think I got the hanging gas pedal from the same car. Sorry, no pictures.

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  13. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 3,572


    Take a look at chevy trailbl@zers. Parking brake handle is mounted beside the console and not foot operated. Plenty in salvage yards, not sure how the floor mounting looks though.
  14. nickleone
    Joined: Jun 14, 2007
    Posts: 313


  15. butch27
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 2,769


    Mine has an old Corvair that comes with a recessed metal pocket and I turned it 90 degrees to fit near the seat..
  16. R A Wrench
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 410

    R A Wrench
    from Denver, Co

    I built my 34 over 40 years back, used a floor mount e-brake from a Mustang II or Pinto. Works great. Had a 58 Willys wagon & used a lot of parts off a 70 ? Nova. Foot operated park brake hooked up easily & worked fine.
  17. David Gersic
    Joined: Feb 15, 2015
    Posts: 1,794

    David Gersic
    from DeKalb, IL

    I have a junkyard sourced parking brake handle, but have no idea what it came out of. Where it is mounted, it’s in the way. Thinking about switching to Lokars vertical brake handle that mounts to the transmission shifter bracket.

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  18. One unit not mentioned is the '75-96 Jaguar XJS parking brake. Similar to the Pinto/Vega/aftermarket ones shown here, it has one feature not found on most; once set, the handle drops back down to the 'at rest' position, it doesn't stay 'up'. Handy if you want to mount it between the seat and the door, you don't have to climb over it to get out. Very narrow design too, doesn't take a lot of space.

    Also works as an anti-theft device, as most people won't realize it's set. Has a built-in switch for a 'E-brake' light if desired.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2019
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  19. David Chandler
    Joined: Jan 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,054

    David Chandler

    My Focus has a similar design. There must be a ton of cars that used something similar out there.
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  20. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,157

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    I got this one at an auction along with some other stuff. Works good. Anyone recognize it? The long release button was chrome.
  21. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,224


    My bucket didn't have a handle when I bought it so I pulled one from some foreign car...Subaru maybe? All pretty generic really.
    I've noticed lately that a lot of cars are starting to go to push button power park brake setups. Seems to be the course for the future. Might be time to grab a few of those park brake levers for future builds.

    New cars are FAR too complicated. I like equipment that requires a positive action to get a positive result. Pushing on buttons and hoping isn't for me...
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  22. nunattax
    Joined: Jan 10, 2011
    Posts: 1,680


    In the United States and around the world there are different phrases & combinations of words that mean the same thing,
    know what you mean HRP.a couple of years ago after a hot day at Bradenton drags FL.asked the girl at the bar for a cold sparkling water with ice.response was sorry sir we don't carry sparkling water ,will carbonated do?i settled for that.
  23. X-cpe
    Joined: Mar 9, 2018
    Posts: 483


    Fiero and '95 Corvette (which probably includes all of that generation of Vette) do the same.
  24. Jacksmith
    Joined: Sep 24, 2009
    Posts: 194


    I use the under dash "parking brake" from mid 50's Studebaker trucks... simple, adjustable functional.
  25. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 11,351

    from oregon

    Those can't be lay'n around just anywhere!
  26. nunattax
    Joined: Jan 10, 2011
    Posts: 1,680


    ill be using the original upright model that came in the 38.nothing wrong with it.fitted a new spring and painted it.
  27. While stationed in Germany in 68', I was half owner in a 57 VW with Snoopy painted on the door. The first time I drove the car I was headed down a steep mountain road and was closing in on a large freight hauler. I applied the brake and the pedal went to the floor. I was about 50 ft. behind the truck and grabbed the emergency brake handle and pulled hard. It was evidently unhooked somewhere under the car, hard right turn, jumped 6 ft. deep ditch, took out the last three fence posts, out into a cow pasture and back into the ditch. Gave it to the farmer and the tow truck operator. Your VW prompted that memory. I have a e-brake assy. from a 69 Volvo that is complete. I plan to use it in my 32 if I can make the handle more traditional looking.
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    Joined: Dec 14, 2009
    Posts: 1,648


    Porsche 944
    Jag xjs

    Always thought a jag XJS parking brake would be nice to adapt to a bench seat car.
    It lifts up like a regular handle and after the brake is applied it drops down out of the way.
    You could have it between the door and seat and not interfere with entry and exit.
    Seem to remember the Porsche 944’s had a similar style park brake.
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  29. Dirk35
    Joined: Mar 8, 2001
    Posts: 1,927


    The type of E Brake you pick really depends on the type of vehicle you have. I think in pickups, the firewall mounted under dash pedal makes more sense. In smaller cars like my 1934 Ford Sedan, a hand brake type of E-Brake, mounted on the floor pan makes more sense.

    In my 1949 F1, I used the E Brake and modified it a 1991 Ford F100, (and I also used the upper pivot for the brake pedal from the same pickup, and made my own pedal out of 1/2" thick steel plate). On the brake pedal, I used 1/4" plate bent in a "U" shape and a plate at the end to make the carriage for the pivot. In the picture below, I took the Stock 1991 F100 brake pedal, and cut out the pivot tube, then used the 1/2" plate to make the entire pedal, machined a hole where the pivot tube goes, and welded it on both sides (instead of just butt-welding the new pedal to the old pedal). 1949 Ford PU E-Brake 1.JPG 1949 Ford PU E-Brake 2.JPG 1949 Ford PU E-Brake 3.JPG 1949 Ford PU Brake Pedals 1.JPG 1949 Ford PU Brake Pedals 2.JPG

    The lightening holes in the E Brake Pedal actually added weight as I plated over the other side of the stamped E-Brake Pedal and added the tubing to look like holes, so they are just for looks to make the E Brake Pedal match the looks of the other pedals. The lightening holes in the Brake Pedal are there to lighten it and to match the gas pedal. They are powder coated silver and look pretty good in my opinion (but I kind of wish I had them chromed to all three match).

    I don't have a picture of the E-Brake pedal in the pickup, but it mounts right next to the kick panel and just barely clears that speaker grill.
  30. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 6,598


    My handle's from some Pontiac. Put in place, never used. Sure wouldn't like to think of it as an Emergency brake.

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