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Old 02-04-2014, 10:39 AM
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Are all Ford e-brake cables similar?

Hi, I've put a Ford 8.8 drum brake axle in my Model A. The e-brake cables that came on the axle are waaaaay too long. As I'm searching for shorter cables can I assume that cables for old Mustang 8" or the bigger 9" will all have compatible backing plate fittings and cable ends for the lever inside the drums? Meaning, at the backing plate end of things are all Ford e-brake cables the same? Helps to wide the available parts. Also, if anyone knows of a specific cable that has like 50" cable housings that would be helpful. I can cut to fit the inner cable no prob. Its the housing that is an issue.

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Lokar e brake cables, Made tofit your rear end and can be cut to any length.
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Yes I've looked at them but do not want to drop $125 on cables and another $115 on their e-brake ratchet handle. An early 90's camaro e-brake lever will work great...just gotta source those cables.
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On my Studebaker gasser. 9" Fotd rear. I used mid seventies Ford pickup replacement cables ( Ebay $12.00) and shortened the cables and housings. Aftermkt cable housings are hard plastic type material. Cut them off to correct length then, with some work, re used the forward ends. Bored out the forward end pteces and slipped them back over the plastic housing and carefully melted the pieces back together with propane torch and hot glue. Universal cable ends from industrial supply or Wagner sells them in a kit. Little slug of metal with a hole and set screw in it.

Cable housing ends are different on later years. The angle of the cable entering the backing plate changes. Different from center pull and side pull cables. Also have used Mazda/Ford Ranger cables on other projects.
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Why not use your existing "too long" cables and just cut the forward ends? You can wrap the cut end around a thimble and use clamps to hold it. An interesting side note, I put a Ranger 8.8" in my S-10 and the factory GM E-brake cables worked perfectly as-is...

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I used 70 camaro brake cables on my 9" bronco rear end in my 39 chevy,same cables on my T-bucket,also with a 9" bronco rear end. If you want to spend lots of money,Lokar is the way to go.I got my e-brake handle assembly at a swap meet for $3.00, and used the stock 39 chevy handle on my coupe.I got some used intermediate cables and got cable clamps from tractor supply.
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The 8.8" disc brake cable ends are different than the drum brake cables. I think the only vehicle to use that style brake was the Explorer chassis, so it's probably the only way to make it work using off the shelf cables.. Just cut the forward end and make something work. Someones only going to look if it's not working right
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NAPA # 94132 has a conduit length of 50", and is 81.75" overall length.

There is also a company called ABSCO (French Canadian) that sells universal cable kits that include set-screw type of cable ends. The link above is to the PDF main catalog.
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Update: NAPA also lists universal cable CORE kits.
#92300 for up to 75"
#92301 for up to 120"
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lokar is the way to go if you want a really neat show appearance.
im sure there are other means as mentioned .
64 nova 9" rear with drums

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