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Peerless Handbrake


One of the numerous small things my car was missing on purchase were the handbrake cables. Fortunately, the handbrake itself was still there. Equally fortunately, I managed to get a set of cables (the last set, I believe) from Nick Copeland. Thanks again, Nick.

Unfortunately,  I have no idea how the two ends of the cables attach to the handbrake. I assume some sort of yoke device is employed to link the two cables to the single pivot point on the handbrake but have no idea if this was unique to the Peerless or was derived from Triumph sourced parts.

Can I ask how others have achieved this linkage and, if possible, provide pictures/drawings/part numbers.

ATM, my ongoing restoration is held up due to the unavailability of the bearing cages for the steering box. I've tried all the usual TR suppliers but no luck. Apparently new stock is due in at the end of the year. If anyone has a spare, I'd happily pay a reasonable price for it.

 

Thanks, chaps.

 

Mike



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I recycled the steering box bearings from a LHD box from a repatriated TR3. There are lots of these around, cheap, and some have minimal wear.

And OE quality beats remanufactured any day!

Frank



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I recycled the steering box bearings from a LHD box from a repatriated TR3. There are lots of these around, cheap, and some have minimal wear.

And OE quality beats remanufactured any day!

The handbrake parts are all as TR3

Frank



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Thanks. Frank. I tried all the suppliers including those who do 2nd hand parts TRGB. TR Bitz etc, etc and no luck. Some have old steering boxes but are unwilling to split them.

Re the handbrake, so presumably 2 clevises (part no. 101247) along with the associated clevis pins? If so, that's yet another part NLA. My luck just keeps on getting better and better.

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from memory its just a piece of tube with a central hole for the leaver link and two adjacent holes for the two cables...it kinda settles out somewhere near even



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aaarh ha! knew I had something.......see below

 

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and yes that exhaust is not standard!

 



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Thanks, Nigel. That's a workable solution although I suspect it's not original. The two cables that Nick sold me came with threaded clevises (clevi?) on the handbrake ends. Each clevis had one wider plain hole and one narrower threaded hole which I suspect are intended to take the Triumph clevis pins. I believe Nick had these made up to match an original set so I assume the clevises are part of the original set up?

However.....

I'm not that worried about originality so may copy/make up something similar to yours.

Thanks again.

Mike

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what! are you saying my car is not original? biggrin



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Errrr.... No? Well, maybe.

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I'll have you know "its a 59, 60, 61, 62,63,64 auto mo bile"



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WARNING!

Johnny Cash reference.

Anyway. Handbrake cable sorted by adapting Triumph TR4A rear handbrake fitting kit prompting next musical reference.

'We're only in it for the money'

Get back to me, Nigel (or anyone else into late '60s jazz, funk, electronic, experimental rock stuff).

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Honey! no

thank you and goood night Mr J Smith

Also, A good friend of mine has developed a handbrake lever for the rear drums that gives you an added mechanical advantage. I have a larger pair (forgive the bragging) and will attempt to fit when I have the current nightmare in the workshop out of the way....

 

Oooooah, I'm so gona do a load of stuff when I get this job outa here



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The Stag owners club also did some ali fittings that extend the handbrake arms.

Careful, they are expensive!  I did fit some in an attempt to get the Warwick
working, but there is a trade-off between leverage and travel, so although
you can lock the back wheels solid, you can't then move the car!

My understanding is that the root of the problem is that the repro backplates
are a Ford item, and the pivot point is in (just) the wrong place.  So making
the arms longer may not achieve what you want.  And welding the shoes to
move the pivot is tricky because the heat will compromise the shoo gloo. 

Good luck.

Frank



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