View Full Version : TR2/3/3A TR 3A Loopy Hand Brake Cable

04-25-2009, 02:50 PM
Looks like my hand brake line will have a bit of a bend to it. Problem? Or, is that just the way it is.

Thanks, Tinkerman

04-25-2009, 03:14 PM
That's the way mine is. When you put the body on, there's a small tab with a hole in it where a spring attaches and then attaches to the brake cable to keep it out of the way of things.

You can see the spring here...part #36. (https://www.mossmotors.com/Shop/ViewProducts.aspx?PlateIndexID=29148)

04-25-2009, 03:17 PM
That's the way it should be! It needs some slack to accomodate the movement of the rear axle.

There should be a spring that pulls the cable to the side, so it doesn't hang down to snag on road obstacles. P/N 60274.

04-25-2009, 03:22 PM
Here's a shot of the spring in situ

04-25-2009, 03:46 PM
Thanks fellows. Kinda thought it needed to be there, but I had forgotten about the spring. Thanks for the pictures, clears things up!

Cheers, Tinkerman

04-25-2009, 08:10 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:]Here's a shot of the spring in situ[/QUOTE]

I'm pretty sure the spider webs are optional.

I know something about this, since when we moved to bugless Seattle, I transported quite a load of hitchhikers. It's taken a long time to eliminate all their auxiliary support structures.

Don Elliott
04-25-2009, 09:15 PM
During the final assembly in 1990, I noticed that my handbrake cable had quite a "bend" in it. So I took off the outer sheath and shortened it. Then I found that the cable was still the long length and I had to modify its length too. I don't remember how exactly . Then I put on the spring and adjusted the whole arrangement so that the chromed hand-brake lever arm clicks about 5 clicks and then it's fully on. I've had to re-tighten it twice in the past 18 summers during 100,000 miles.

04-25-2009, 11:26 PM
I'm pretty sure the spider webs are optional.
They're the only thing holding the car together!

Actually, that shot was taken about 3 years after it was totalled; so I'm somewhat surprised there weren't more spider webs. Maybe they didn't like the results of the automatic chassis oiling system.

We get lots and lots of spiders around here, but most of them are harmless. I generally leave them be, in hopes they will help keep the ants under control.

04-26-2009, 08:25 AM
Harmless, eh? Hope so. We have brown recluse and black widows. I have never seen a brown recluse (no suprise). See Black widows fairly often. My shop/garage is attached to the house, so most mornings I shuffel down to the shop , drink my hot tea and check email and the BCF. One morning I sat down at my desk and saw a black widow sitting on the top. Without thinking, I reached out and smacked it. Could have been a real dumb move, fortunatly it wasn't. After my nerves settled down, I called the bug people. We have to have them out every quarter. We live in a very heavily wooded area.


04-26-2009, 12:40 PM
The reports of brown recluse spiders in So CA appear to be greatly exaggerated. We do get a few black widows, but they generally stay away from people; and aren't as dangerous as most people think. Only times I've seen them has been cleaning up trash (old wood, etc.) in the yard. And unless you hold one captive in your hands, it's more like to try to run away than bite you.

BTW, even ladybugs can bite, and send you to the doctor if you happen to be allergic.

Don Elliott
04-26-2009, 12:50 PM
I have several chromed handbrake lever arms that I could sell to you guys. They would make good clubs for killing spiders and this way you wouldn't risk getting stung by one.

Just wanted to close this item back on topic.