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Street Rod Parking Brake

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Screamingyellow68, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. Blue One
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    What kind of vehicle is that out of ??
     
  2. Screamingyellow68
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    Thank you everyone for your advise. Metal shaper had a photo of the device I was looking at. My car has Four wheel disc brakes for those of you who asked and I was avoiding cable e- brakes because of the room factor in the car. I may have to break down and do that anyway.
     
  3. Screamingyellow68
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    I saw those at Louisville last year. They are pretty sweet.
     
  4. Screamingyellow68
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  5. Cheap and easy !!!!!!!!!!!!!
     

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  6. Don't have a pic but I reworked a mid 70's Vette park brake handle and used it in my 57 between the buckets.. Black pistol grip looks cool!
     
  7. Jpriebe66
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    I have installed one on my car, and contrary to what has been stated the solenoid style parking brakes donor unlock if the battery loses power. You must switch off the power and pump the brake hard 2x to unlock. Mine works great and, as an added bonus I put it on the front brake line so I can use it as a line lock.


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  8. ago
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    After market E-brakes are ok. But I don't like the way the two cables attach at the handle. If you look at an OEM setup they seem to have some sort of triangle that pulls the two cables to equalize the pull so they both get equal force.



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  9. flthd31
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    Here's a pinion mount that would work well with your four wheel discs. Actuated by a Model A e-brake lever. It's street roddy...but that's what you asked for.
     

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  10. Mr48chev
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    Yep, same thing but people from different backgrounds or regions call it by different names.

    The only difference could possibly that you could have an "emergency brake" that didn't lock in place like a "park brake" did. If you pull the handle or push the pedal and it stays in place and holds the car in place it is an effective "park brake".

    Now does what you have go click and hold and hold the car in place when you push the pedal or pull the handle?
     
  11. 1971BB427
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    There are a lot of good parking brake systems sitting in cars at your local wrecking yard. I paid $5 for mine from some compact Ford. (maybe an Escort?) I just searched around until I found one that looked like it would mount on a flat floor, and work the way I wanted it to. Then drilled and mounted it, bought a Jeep CJ cable with housing from Rockauto for $10, and then routed it to the rear under the car. I got a nice cable clamp from the better hardware store and clamped both cables to the main cable.
    The handle unit I got is set up to accept a threaded shaft on the Jeep cable, so once I clamped the cables together with the slack out, I adjusted the handle tension to lock the brakes properly.
    It's clean, cheap, and works perfect. Took me half a day to install and adjust it. My car is VERY limited space, but it fit in fine.
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  12. not bad small and out of the way.
    any clean examples of a foot activated parking brake?
     
  13. Jogyver
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    Forklift hand brakes are even smaller than that.
    I picked up an E Stopp. It's an actuator that is electronically controlled to pull and release the brake cable.
     
  14. touring20
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    As I remember a magazine editor barrowed a 29 highboy from a member of "them !"
    Car club in LA , lost his brakes on the freeway and T boned a car at the bottom of a off ramp !
    That's why we should want an emergancy brake ! ( keeps the injuries and law suits at a minimum ! I have a 1935 Chevy emergancy brake in my 1920 willys overland !
    I lost my brakes late one night in a 64 olds 98 and let me tell you , I will not forget that night !
     
  15. mgtstumpy
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    Mandatory here, simple 'old' Gennie has done the job for 15yrs now. Mechanically activates rear calipers. One and the same (oxymoron) IMHO.
     
  16. These are the real deal and they don't use electricity. you set the brake and flip the handle. ^^^^

    Personally I would just use a cable to my rear brakes like they come from the factory with. I am particular about my brakes, I never use front brakes on the rear for example not because I need a parking brake but I like the option of having a mechanical brake in the event of brake failure. If I was dumb enough to use a front caliper on the rear that I would invest in a yolk mounted disc with a mechanical caliper.
     
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    Most of the OEM parking brake units use a handle with equalizing pivot to pull the 2 rear cables evenly. Unlike the aftermarket ones that use a block and set screws.
     
  18. dirty old man
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    The big hangup for me is the lack of room in the floor of an "A", especially with a Hurst shifter and my size 14 shoes, LOL!
    I'm thinking of taking a more serious look @ the "E Stopp", as it doesn't appear to take up any cockpit floor space.
     
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  19. Morrisman
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    I fitted a Speedway disc conversion to my rear end, with the parking brake/emergency brake/hand brake calipers included. I also bought a small handbrake lever, nice and shiny, and connected it all up.

    It is worse than useless. Even in the garage, I can pull the lever on as hard as possible and still roll the car with ease......
     
  20. This is not a street rod parking brake but a good old fashion Southern boys parking brake and they are simple to install and work like a champ.

    They are easily replaceable if you lose it and are readily available anywhere and usually free for the taking,with the exception of your National Parks

    Now a street rodder that is into power parking might feel the need to polish it so the onlookers can get full effect and that's fine if that's what you want.

    But,if you are really into a traditional look this parking brake might be just what the doctor ordered,keeping all the patina intact always shows you appreciate the old school charm and it's classic good looks.

    I learn about this park brake from my granddad,High Pockets Adams, when I was in my early teens and to my knowledge he never filed for a patent so anyone can feel free to use it without fear of repercussion. HRP

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  21. dirty old man
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    Danny, right now I keep a brick behind the recycle bin just outside the door to my shop for this exact same use, but place it behind the tire as the pavement slightly slopes away from my shop out front.
    Read an article on the E-Stopp in Street Rodder back when it first came out, and the operation as I remember it, is a heavy spring pulls the cable(s) to apply and when you release it electrically retracts and latches the spring.
    They tested it as an emergency brake and it did stop the car as I recall.
     
  22. My Fusion has a electronic parking brake. I'm not sure it will even work if the car is moving
     
  23. Bandit Billy
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    I owned a CTS-V (6 speed) had no room on the floor for foot brake others taking up the real estate) so Cadillac used a push button electronic e brake on the console. Worked slick, also worked in conjunction with a roll control which might be good if you drive a 3 pedaled hot rod in San Francisco.

    Here's another observation that is applicable, I golf (a lot according the Mrs.) and I'm lazy (don't ask her) so I ride. The new golf carts have automatic brakes so they cant roll into rivers sand-traps, highways, lakes, other golfers, etc. As soon as you come to a stop the e-brake engages. It is un-nerving on hills but the damn thing just sits there until you get in hit the throttle. I don't know how it works but it's ingenious.
     
  24. tfeverfred
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    Place a brick behind one of the tires. Shit, this ain't rocket science.:D
     
  25. Bandit Billy
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    No fred, if it was "rocket" science the thread would have been titled "air brakes".
     
  26. HOTFR8
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    Is Wintec still in business? I heard Cool-Flex as part of that business is no more.
     
  27. Refer to thread #50. HRP
     
  28. DDDenny
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    Here is a photo of the Corvette E-Bràke lever.
    I have them in all three of my projects.
    The covers are usually trashed, I found that the Hurst and B&M shifter covers work good with some mods and look better too. Yes I also think they look cool.

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  29. DDDenny
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    They can also be outboard mounted as they are pretty compact.
    I made this cover because after I paid $60 for the one in my roadster I thought the money would be better spent elsewhere.

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  30. Morrisman
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    I rented a car a while ago, with a button for parking brake. It was confusing as hell to start with, but got very easy and useful eventually. It could be set to stop the car rolling back on hills, so no 'hill start' crap all the time, plus it would simply auto-release if you gave it a bit more gas than normal pulling away.

    I do believe it gets round the 'must be mechanical' ruling, in the UK, because it is merely held OFF by electricity. if you fuse blows a big spring whacks it on. Fail safe I guess......

    But useful as it was, you'll never see one on any car I build. :D
     

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