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Console w/Parking Brake options on my 67

Discussion in 'Engine and Drivetrain/Mechanical' started by tarafied1, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    With the C6 I never really needed a parking brake. Now with the addition of the TKO I want to have a parking brake for a couple reasons. One, for parking! And another, is it's real handy if you have a center pull hand brake when starting on hills. We have a lot of those. You can slightly use the hand brake while one foot is on the clutch and the other on the gas. Buat anyway I eliminated the underdash stuff a long time ago and I have the Lincoln Versailles rear disc setup. I have read the underdash doesn't provide enough leverage to work the Lincoln calipers. So my dilemma is using a center mounted hand brake with a console. I have a humphugger now that I really like for the cubby and cup holders but obviously not designed for a hand brake. Of course no factory console was either so that means custom made. Not sure I have the skill or talent to make a "factory" looking console. Is there any doner cars that would fit or other ideas?
  2. Boom

    Boom Active Member

    I have heard that the early foxes had a console that didn't look like completely out of place, they had a center parking brake. You'd need a console that didn't go all the way up to the dash. I have been leaning toward having MTF make me one, but $$$
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  3. Midlife

    Midlife Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Real men don't need parking brakes when stopped on an uphill slope.
  4. Fst Blk

    Fst Blk Well-Known Member

    I still have that parking brake setup if you need it.
  5. B67FSTB

    B67FSTB The NorCal dude from Belgium

    Going electrical isn't an option ??
  6. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

  7. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    I thought about it but then how can I drift like Starsky And Hutch?
  8. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    yeah, a MTF would be great but I could buy a whole early foxbody Mustang for what they cost!
  9. C6ZZGT

    C6ZZGT New Member

    I`ll wade in here with a couple thoughts---On my 66 the under dash handle pulls the Versailles calipers plenty tight. With compression and a good clutch just leave it in gear when you park--missing one or the other -ok get a brake. Last but not least,a line lock works really well as a hill holder and then you have you hand on the shifter already.
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  10. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    Well, I think it will have plenty of compression. It will be a freshly built 502 with 10:1 CR so that should hold it. I have long tossed all the underdash stuff and when I did the floorpans I didn't put the brackets and stuff under there. I'd rather not spend money on all that stuff. I never thought of the line lock. Good idea. Thanks
  11. Horseplay

    Horseplay Well-Known Member

    OK, I held back as long as I could. Craig...what the hell, man? Clutch and gas pedal are all you need on even the steepest of inclines. You must not have driven manual vehicles for some time. As long as the engine has even the smallest amount of torque, foot off brake as you ease out the clutch and work the gas to keep it going as the clutch grabs and away you go. Do you really think people used to pull out the emergency brake handle in their mustangs back in the day? Come on, man!!!

    Another parking brake option not discussed is electric. The application designed set-ups are stupid money but you can surely find an electric linear actuator and piece something together yourself. Electric push-button set-up would be both slick and easy to install.

    For example;

  12. Horseplay

    Horseplay Well-Known Member

  13. C6ZZGT

    C6ZZGT New Member

  14. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    I can drive a stick no problem and I agree 99% of the time that's all you need to do but you my friend live in Illinois... need I say more? What's the steepest grade in Naperville? .00001%?
    But seriously I rarely have had to use the hand brake on a stick shift car but it's nice to know you can!
    I have considered an electric parking brake. I will check out all the links you guys shared. My Fusion has one. Works good but you can't do a J turn with it. it won't stay on when toughing the gas...
  15. 3175375

    3175375 Well-Known Member

    I enjoy my Hurst T handle.
  16. GypsyR

    GypsyR just some guy

    Not everyone's cup of tea but I pirated the park brake and complete console out of a Mustang II. Took forever to find the missing rear ashtray but while hunting that I did see a couple of other consoles at swap meets. So they do at least still exist here and there.
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  17. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    I've seen some MII versions on the web, looks cool but I bet they are hard to come across.
  18. rbohm

    rbohm Active Member

    tarafied, why not create your own console that has provision for an center mounted e-brake handle? i would start by using cardboard and build a base console with that, then use fiberglass to create a shell from there. once fitted like you want it, you can beef up the shell to handle upholstery, as well as the abuse you might dish out.
  19. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    you give me entirely too much credit! that sounds like a lot of work!

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