I have heard that as well about the parking brake issues. I think most have said the original pull handle deal doesn't provide enough leverage to make the Versailles caliper grab. You are also correct that my car has been an automatic. I have not ever used it because it was an automatic. It is all there but doesn't work well enough to keep the car from rolling. I will have to come up with a solution. I have driven the car a bit with the TKO now and it is an issue parking it because with a carb it won't start on the first try (usually) so you need three feet, one on the brake, one on the clutch and one on the gas! I have actually considered updating the brake to the handle style found on Fox's, SN95's etc. but I have a console and will either have to get rid of it or modify it or make a new one. I have heard the handle style brake will provide enough leverage but I do not know this for a fact. I could also buy an aftermarket rear disc brake kit for the 9" that has a drum style parking brake in it I suppose. I am going to want a parking brake. Could be a weight savings too!