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Hand Brake Cable Adjustment

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mickeytwonames
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Hand Brake Cable Adjustment

Post by mickeytwonames » Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:05 pm

on my DB18 the hand brake cable adjuster under the driver's side floor is maxed out - while the hand brake works well now, is there a work round to stretched cables or dose anyone know where to get a new one.?
Many thanks
Michael

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Re: Hand Brake Cable Adjustment

Post by davidian » Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:16 pm

Hello Michael.
many moons ago I had an Austin Somerset with a stretched cable and you could buy a little gadget which hooked over the cable in two places with a screwed device in the middle which pushed the cable upwards taking about two inches from its length.Or you could visit someone who makes or deals in caravans and trailers who will have cable and fittings to do it yourself ,does not David Beales sell new cables? .
Regards David

JT7196
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Re: Hand Brake Cable Adjustment

Post by JT7196 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:50 pm

Hi Mike, try this Co

https://speedycables.com/

I hear that they are very good ,
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Cheers Al 😊

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Re: Hand Brake Cable Adjustment

Post by grahamemmett » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:48 pm

You may not need a new cable at all.
With the handbrake off, slacken off the adjustment.
Chock the front wheels and jack up the rear by the chassis rails high enough for you to go under the rear of the car. Secure with axle stands of course.
Adjust up the rear brakes a quarter turn at a time until they lock, then back off one or two quarters (you’ll feel the cam going over every quarter turn) so they just turn freely.
Running across the car between the two brake drums (and covered in grease and road dirt) you’ll find the two actuating rods and pivoting compensating mechanism for the handbrake. Clean all this off and you may find the clevis pins holding the rods to the compensator are worn and the whole mechanism has so much play the handbrake cable can’t take up all the slack. You’ll also see that the two rods can be screwed further into the long adjustment nut so effectively making them shorter and activating the handbrake with less movement. Be careful not to bind the brakes though.
Once all the wear and slack is taken out, lightly grease it all and adjust the handbrake cable so that it operates the brakes. Then see if you need a new cable.
Graham Emmett
Northwich, Cheshire
Joint DB18 Registrar (with Marcel Renshaw)
DB18 1949 LCV522 (Yes that one with the P100s)
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mickeytwonames
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Re: Hand Brake Cable Adjustment

Post by mickeytwonames » Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:25 am

Very many thanks - I'll run through the options and report back - she's up on a ramp next week so I won't have to scrabble about on the floor.

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Re: Hand Brake Cable Adjustment

Post by grahamemmett » Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:56 am

Oh excellent, the best way.
Take some paraffin and a stiff brush to get the muck off!
Graham Emmett
Northwich, Cheshire
Joint DB18 Registrar (with Marcel Renshaw)
DB18 1949 LCV522 (Yes that one with the P100s)
https://www.db18.org

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