Hand E-brake mounted to the tunnel!

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Hand E-brake mounted to the tunnel!

Post by broncolite » Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:31 pm

I got a 1970 a year ago. Someone earlier had tried to install a hand
e-brake on the tunnel. It looks like its from a Ford product from the
stamps. There is not enough throw to be very effective.
Is there a hand lever that will work in that application?

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Post by DirtDonk » Tue Dec 29, 2009 9:46 pm

There was a lot of discussion a long time ago about it. Not sure what the consensus was though. Some seemed to like the Toyota under-the-dash pull type lever rather than the tunnel mounted one too. Probably for less obstruction of valuable space for things like consoles and getting in and out of the back easier.

Maybe someone who's done it will chime in. In the meantime, try the search function up above and to the left and see what you come up with. Probably a lot of fluff and a little meat, but you might get lucky too.
I'll see if I can come across any additional info as well.

Oh, and welcome to broncofix too by the way!!! Give us some more info about your rig too. Especially if the PO added any other goodies that work. Lots of discussions about previous owner's wiring jobs and other disasters-in-waiting, but we like to hear it all anyway.

Seeya.

Paul
'71 Bronco - 302 4v
3.5" WH/Skyjacker Lift
33 x 11.50 x15 Thornbirds on 15x7 Enkei's
Kayline soft top
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Post by broncolite » Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:46 pm

Hay Paul,
Thanks for the heads up. I did a short search but still looking.
Funny you should mention wiring......... that is towards the top of the list.
Ive done mainly drive train,new 456 gears and axels. posi and true track.
Rebuilt the tranny np435 and Dana20 tcase. Also a new radiator 3pass
A MSD ignition. It has a 289 thats running real good now, the POhotted
it up some maby a cam. There is a 3 1/2 " susp lift and 2" body lift
and it has been bobed up some. I m having a great tome with the
project. I did the floor boards last summer. Got the info off this site,
real handy! Anyway......... Later!

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Post by DirtDonk » Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:51 pm

Sounds like your project is coming along nicely then!
Yeah, wiring is a pet-peeve of Bronco owners the world over.

Is your floor-mounted lever working at all? The short throw is probably a common issue. Not much throw on the old foot-pedal either, when the brakes were adjusted tight. Lots of Broncos don't have good working e-brakes anyway. Mine always worked real good, but a buddy's '77 couldn't stop it from rolling on a 1° hill if you paid it! And it doesn't push very far either. Hmm.
Maybe it's a leverage thing with your setup though. Probably came from a small-ish car like a Pinto or some-such. Made for small brakes and didn't need any leverage. Wonder if you can modify it with a longer arm-ratio instead? Might give you more power at the handle.

Good luck.

Paul
'71 Bronco - 302 4v
3.5" WH/Skyjacker Lift
33 x 11.50 x15 Thornbirds on 15x7 Enkei's
Kayline soft top
Hanson bumpers
Dual batteries, Large 1G alt.

WWW.WILDHORSES4X4.COM :mrgreen:

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Post by oldwinghunter » Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:27 am

my e brake only works when i dont need it to .... ...... the bastard.
most people are absent,,, my merciful nature, and sense of fair play !

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Post by broncolite » Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:52 pm

Well ,
After fussing around too long, got out the tools and modified the
lever that I had by extending the connection point down a little.
The stock Pinto ( I think ) lever had about an inch and one quarter
of throw. It now has about two and three quarters of throw.
The breaks now hold somewhat better. Good enough.
I guess on to the next project! A new aux, fuel tank and new fuel lines.
Thanks for the input,
Dave R

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