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SP Handbrake draught excluder

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gc0700
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SP Handbrake draught excluder

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In respect of the handbrake lever assembly removal, the user SP250 Service Manual says "Detach the handbrake draught excluder from the floor of the cockpit by withdrawing four screws and a metal frame ...".
However mine has just a scrappy piece of leather around the lever, that barely reaches the carpet and then a hole in the floor to the chassis mounting point. No sign of a "metal frame" or even and screw holes where it might at some time have been attached.
I can't find any reference to this "metal frame" in the parts manual and in any case I suspect it may not be available from the usual suppliers.
So does anybody have a picture of the frame loose or ideally in-situ, so that I can see how it fits around the gearbox cover and to give me some idea of what I need to try to fabricate?

Many thanks
Tim

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Re: SP Handbrake draught excluder

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My handbrake support bolts straight to the chassis with 4 fine threaded bolts. If it will help I can remove the drivers seat and photograph it for you.

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Re: SP Handbrake draught excluder

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Tim The frame I suspect they are referring to was a chrome surround which fixed the leather draft excluder to the inner floor of the car. Don't have picture and both of my manuals are in the garage at present, but I am sure some one will have the detail for you. Syd

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Re: SP Handbrake draught excluder

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The service manual refers to a 'drought excluder' secured by 4 screws and a metal frame.
The parts manual refers to a 'handbrake lever leather gaiter', with no sub-listings of components used to secure it.

My original leather gaiter (replaced in 1973) has 3 screw holes along its outboard base flap with a flat indentation on top suggesting a that single metal strip once connected the 3 holes. There are no such holes or indication of a securing strip on the inboard/transmission side base flap leather.

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Re: SP Handbrake draught excluder

Post by smithgor »

So happens I have the driver's seat out for a bit of repair work so can get a clean shot of my handbrake and draught excluder. Only 3 screws and one strip.
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Re: SP Handbrake draught excluder

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Thank you all for your input on this and particular to Gordon for his picture.
It looks like fabricating a frame should be straightforward, although it will be painted rather than chromed.

Many thanks
Tim

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Re: SP Handbrake draught excluder

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gc0700 wrote: Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:00 am Thank you all for your input on this and particular to Gordon for his picture.
It looks like fabricating a frame should be straightforward, although it will be painted rather than chromed.

Many thanks
I don't think the original clamp was ever chromed - it's situated under the carpet, so never normally seen. Rather than a frame, I believe Gordon's strip was the original means of securing the gaiter - I seem to recall that was what I found on my car before restoration.
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Re: SP Handbrake draught excluder

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You're right Nick, it was painted black as original
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Re: SP Handbrake draught excluder

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Even better, black is easy and if it's under the carpet, easier still.
Tim

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Re: SP Handbrake draught excluder

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To close this subject off and maybe to help somebody with the same issue in the future, this is what I came up with.
It's made out of 1 mm stainless steel.
As you will see, the existing handbrake cover is way to short, but the car is hopefully going to the trimmers early in the new year for a whole new interior.
Many thanks to everybody for their helpful input.
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