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Hand Brake

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Bruce Riley

Hand Brake
« on: February 17, 2016, 05:13:49 PM »
Hey guys,

The sun is shining and the snow is melting in Wisconsin so my 80 TR7 is

calling my name.  I have a question that is probably pretty simple for you

experts so I hope you can help me.  My hand brake pulls very hard.  I can

get it up about 2 clicks and that is it.  Can you tell me how to fix that






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"Bill Derksen"

Re: Hand Brake
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2016, 06:37:29 PM »
First guess is that the cable is siezed. Check to see if the cable is

moving at the axle. IIRCC, Rimmers is still selling the cable for a

fairly resonable price... I had a cable once that was corroded enough

that the outer sheath just let go when I applied the hand brake, so

even if you are able to free it up, I would not trust it.





Re: Hand Brake
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2016, 07:47:15 PM »
I was never able to get much joy out of my TR8 hand brake.  If I pressed hard on the foot brake and pulled the hand brake lever with both hands I could get a reasonable set on the brake.

Editorial aside, there is an adjustment on the bottom side of the lever assembly.  It is inside the boot that extends into the driveshaft tunnel.  Your best bet may be to unbolt the lever and make an adjustment and reinstall it and check for any improvement.


Dave Massey

Philip Johnstone

Re: Hand Brake
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2016, 09:01:00 PM »
You may also find the lever arm at the backing plate is seized solid on its

pivot.  Cure - remove the drum, remove the arm and work it loose.