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Re: Heater cables, shipfitters disease - handbrake cable story

To: "Barney Gaylord" <>,
Subject: Re: Heater cables, shipfitters disease - handbrake cable story
From: "Hans Duinhoven" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 19:31:41 +0100

Reminds me of my handbrake cable.
When my BGT came home from the paint shop and only got the gare engine in
the bay, nothing else was present in the motorbay.
So no normal brakes acted...
My garage is under my home, so the GT had to be moved into the garage
rolling from a ramp.
So I used the handbrake and it all went well.

No the scary part - when finishing the car rebuild I found the cable only
was broken except of three wires of the total cable! Have I been lucky - for
the same the cable would have been broken on the ramp and I was not able to
stop the newly sprayed car at all!!!!

I still sweat on this...
So handbrake cables do wear (B's) as mine had this near the lever (front)



----- Original Message -----
From: "Barney Gaylord" <>
To: "Bob D." <>; <>
Sent: Tuesday, October 29, 2002 6:58 AM
Subject: Re: Heater cables, shipfitters disease

> At 10:58 PM 10/28/02 -0500, Bob D. wrote:
> >....
> >BTW: I just love the handbrake cable design, with the grease zerk in the
> >middle. Now there's a part designed to last!  :-)
> Yeah, but don't expect it to last forever.  Mine only lasted 43 years and
> about 320,000 miles.  The outer elastomer jacket finally started to crack,
> allowing the grease to ooze out near the zerk fitting so it wasn't getting
> to the ends of the cable.  When it began sticking in cold weather early
> last winter I replaced it.  I suppose I could have wrapped the whole thing
> in a few layers of vinyl tape, but I'm getting lazy in my old age.  Does
> this mean I'm rich now that I can afford to buy the new one?
> For the record, my tach drive cable had a deteriorated outer jacket where
> it was rubbing on the carburetor heat shield.  This was allowing some
> leakage of engine oil which would tend to blow on the exhaust head pipe.
> split a spare length of 5/16" fuel hose down the side, applied some blue
> RTV sealant to the inside, wrapped it around the cable and applied a few
> small hose clamps to hold it in place.  That worked like a charm.  Must
> have stopped at least 1% of the total oil leakage from the engine.
> Barney Gaylord
> 1958 MGA with an attitude

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