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I want to add a handbrake to my 73 mach 1 to leimintate the pedal, Think Drifting.... Anyone done it?
Im looking for a nice clean install.
 

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I have not done it, but will be on my 66. I already have the handle I pulled from an '06 Chevy Aveo from JY. It looks real nice all leather wrapped. The car is still stripped on blocks and not running, but will be hopefully by Spring. I'd like to see the replies you get from this. Should just take some shorter brake cables and a hole cut in the hump, then custom cut/weld the cable to the handle.
 

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see this link...be forewarned, he has updated the conversion where you do NOT have to cut a big hole in the floor. E-mail him for the details.

I haven't done the conversion yet, but it's in the works...

http://home.bresnan.net/~dazed/e-brake
 

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The new procedure uses a just a small circular hole going through floor for the brake cable instead of the big rectangular one. IIRC, the attachment underneath is also modified for use of the circular hole. It's a neat set-up and appears to be better than the foot or underdash set-up.
 

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There are several new cars out now that have gone to electric actuators on the e-brakes. That's what I'd like to do someday. It would get rid of the e-brake cables and e-brake linkage under the car which would allow more room for the exhaust. I've got a big, fat 4R70W in my '65 plus all of the extra convertible bracing plus a set of subframe connectors. Space is really at a premium.

It would also eliminate the handle and replace it with a switch.

I'm just waiting for someone to either offer a kit, or find the right car to snag a set off of.



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I'd never heard of this electric E-brake. Sounds neat. Guess I would have to find that one-in-a-million car in a junkyard....
 

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"There are several new cars out now that have gone to electric actuators on the e-brakes."

Which new cars?
 

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dbenichou289 said:
"There are several new cars out now that have gone to electric actuators on the e-brakes."

Which new cars?
I did a Google study of this a while back, and there are several and the number is growing. Both TRW and Continental are developing and manufacturing OEM systems. The Audi A6 was one make that has them. They seem to be more common on european brands but Hyundai has toyed with them, featuring it on their new concept vehicle. It's just a matter of time until they trickle down everywhere. One of the major advantages is (since they are electronic) they can be hooked through the car's computer and be operated automatically in certain circumstances. I.E. If the car is parked and the trunk is opened.

Look here for Contential (aka VDO) information on their unit

http://www.vdo.com/products_solutio...motor-drives/electric-parking-brake-actuator/

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"What ebrake handle did you guys use for the small circular hole?"

I haven't converted it yet, but it's the Fox body e-brake handle. The update to the website info is the mounting situation and connections. I'm sure the website owner would send you the updated info. I would but I won't be home until this weekend.
 

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The Lincoln LS Sedan uses the electric parking brake. A simple lever on the console. Lift up to engage, again to disengage...

I don't think you'll have an easy time converting (sensors, etc.) and I'm sure an aftermarket retrofit is a long way off...
 

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I was exploring this on my last build. I did find an aftermarket kit that would electrically actuate the e-brake. It used a motor and a power screw (kind of like an electric turnbuckle) to pull the cable. Turn the the switch one way and it tightened, turn the switch the other way and it released.

It was sold by one of the companies that provides products to make cars able to be used by handicapped people. I could probably dig it up if you needed me to.

If you want to be clever, you could mount two microswitches on the original e-brake handle, when you pull it out, it would trip the relay to pull the cable, when you push it back in, it would release.....
 

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Looking at Hoosierbuddy's link, I don't think it would be too hard to incorporate electric brakes -attach the actuator to a shortend brake cable (one for each side), then supply power and a switch. But all this would defeat the purpose of the "drifting" as mentioned in the original post where you want to control the amount of braking of the rears.

I think completely eliminating all of the mechanisms for the E-brake is a neat idea and would save room for other things underneath like exhaust, reinforcements, etc...especially for a convertible where space is tight.

To 68 Bullitt - I would be interested in what you found.
 

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im a drifter btw... hahaha, i've had my 65 fastback for 4 years, but i bought this 87 corolla gts a couple years back and enjoyed it very much... drifting is something that is 1)highly addictive and 2)much harder than it seems.

i had the "spin-turn" knob on my corolla which allows you to yank the e-brake without it clicking and sticking on. in order to engage the e-brake you have to pull out on the button then pull up the handle.


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oh and by the way, these 85-87 corolla gts' come with very nice suspension. 4 link rear end, panhard rod, front and rear sway bars etc etc etc. they haul ass in the corners. they're like a datsun 510 + a bunch of technology but still have the old car feel... kind of.
 

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Nice Panasports on that rice.
 

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I did the mod on my 65 with all Lokar products. Raised the handle up a bit from the hump to give it better clearance from below. I plan on using a console so function was more important than looks.
I have Cobra discs on the back so running the lines were pretty easy. I would think they'd mount to the stock drum setup fairly easy too.
http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/4976/picture090oc7.jpg
http://img79.imageshack.us/img79/9449/picture093wj5.jpg
 

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autoxsteve: thanks!

rockymtnmare: i like your setup a lot... i have a handle out of pinto... here's a picture. its chrome with a woodgrain looking handle. and i have the stock cable from the drums that run up to the transmission or so... can i buy the lokar stuff you have in the 2nd pic and make it work you think? or is that stuff lokar-specific?????





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Ahh, I'm not going to bother with electric. I have too many updated electronics in this thing as it stands.. I think it's back to the ol' fox body.

Speaking of strange handles, you guys should used the ebrake handle on my old Fiero.. (Dunno why they never found space to put it to the right of the seat). I believe you pull it up, then push the button in and lower it, whcih keeps it engaged, and then reverse to deactivate it or something.
 
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