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Hand operated e-brake

I just realized that it's going to be a pain in the butt to have to press and release the e brake pedal all the time when i get the 4 speed in the car. I dont usually leave the car in gear when parking cause there's very few hills here so i prefer to just use the e-brake. Has anyone gotten rid of the pedal and mouted something in/ near the console, between the seats successfully? I've seen some "kits" but they are for of a race purpose, they're ugly *** hell. Should i just leave it be and get used to the pedal or what?
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Edit: Here's the one i found. I was thinking i could just have it come up through the console but it will be on the wrong side

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I just realized that it's going to be a pain in the butt to have to press and release the e brake pedal all the time when i get the 4 speed in the car. I dont usually leave the car in gear when parking cause there's very few hills here so i prefer to just use the e-brake. Has anyone gotten rid of the pedal and mouted something in/ near the console, between the seats successfully? I've seen some "kits" but they are for of a race purpose, they're ugly *** hell. Should i just leave it be and get used to the pedal or what?
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Edit: Here's the one i found. I was thinking i could just have it come up through the console but it will be on the wrong side
I've never had a problem using the pedal type e-brake in my GM cars. If you REALLY don't like that (which surprises me because most people have stronger legs than arms) then consider an under-dash style T-handle e-brake like that used on the early Mustangs.
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When we built my youngest son's truck, I wanted to use a Line-Lock in the brake lines for a parking brake and to hold the truck in the water box for a burnout to heat the slicks, but couldn't use a commercially-available electrically-operated unit because they will overheat and fail as a parking brake. I chose a lever-operated hydraulic ball valve and mounted it between the seats. You can use all four wheel brakes or only the rear brakes or only the front brakes, depending on how you plumb it. I installed it to operate only the front brakes so that it worked well in the water box and as a parking brake. The valve remains open and all brakes operate normally until you press the foot brake and turn the handle 90 degrees. Then you have locked hydraulic pressure into the line and you have a parking brake until you turn the handle the other way 90 degrees and release the fluid in the line to the front brakes.
These installation instructions from Allstar will show you how to plumb the valve.......disregard the electrical part of the instructions......
Use a hydraulic valve rated for a minimum of 2,500 psi.
http://www.allstarperformance.com/do..._Line_Lock.pdf

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That's a pretty go idea tech! I was going to do line lock on the front tires for when i take it to the track anyway too.
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Console e-brake

When my son and I restored my dad's little coupe, we used a console e-brake handle from an 80s Camaro. It's a simple design and uses a vertical flange with two bolts to hold it in place. Here's a photo of it installed.
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That's also a good idea! Shouldn't be to difficult to find either. Well i guess and e-brake handle can work. The tricky part is getting it to blend in with the interior.
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