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Old 03-22-2013, 04:08 PM
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Reinforce the floor for E-brake handle?

Hi guys...getting ready to install an e-brake kit, the type that straps around the pinion on rear end. When I go to mount the handle on the floor, if I cannot locate it where there's a crossmember underneath, should I just place a steel plate under the floor, and drill through floor and plate to bolt the handle assembly? If so, how thick should the plate be? The floor is 14 gage sheet metal.....
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Just double that up with 14 gauge and should be plenty..some factory cars just have them screwed to the sheet metal..tip..tack weld the nuts to the plate and match the bolt pattern to the handle mounting so you don't have to crawl under to fasten the handle..just needs to be tack welded..

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Just double that up with 14 gauge and should be plenty..some factory cars just have them screwed to the sheet metal..tip..tack weld the nuts to the plate and match the bolt pattern to the handle mounting so you don't have to crawl under to fasten the handle..just needs to be tack welded..

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WOW...didn't think that would be enough when tugging on that handle....I had visions of the floor getting "rolling hills" or flexing....but I have been accused of "going overboard" on anything I do.....
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Try doubling 2 pieces of 14 gauge and bending them by hand..unless you are a gorilla is not gonna happen..

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Try doubling 2 pieces of 14 gauge and bending them by hand..unless you are a gorilla is not gonna happen..

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Agreed....but bending "by hand" wasn't what I worried about, e-brake LEVERAGE is much stronger than by hand.....
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floor flex

It depends where on the floor and how flat it is. on the flat floor I made a new bracket and welded it to the frame. on one that had a formed hump in the floor just a bracket welded to the floor. the curved hump is a lot stronger, no distortion.
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You need reinforcing of some sort and to use some OEM handles, you will need to make up a below floor bracket to hold the end of the cable solidly. Then just to make life more interesting and to actually make that pinion parking brake disc actually kinda work, the bolt or nut surfaces on the yoke need to be milled flat and all at the same height. If you don't do that step, what will happen is that the disc will not ride in the same plane(warped/twisted)360* and you will have to back off the adjustment to keep from dragging the brake pucks. I've had two from TSM and while they satisfy the letter of the law, they only kinda so-so work even the best of times
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