Knowing that, it only took us two and a half years to finally get around to installing a working handbrake into our race MGB...it was stripped off years ago - we thought for weight savings... turns out it was also probably because it may have interfered with the new rims and fuel cell.
Even though the MGB body did not change dimensions through its years, naturally there are eight different hand brake cables for the MGB - all varying in different sectional lengths as shown on this great Moss Motors application note: Supplemental Information for MGA & MGB Handbrake Cables. That's right: eight. That's what warm beer will do to engineers' brains.
The cable we are installing onto our 1973 MGB GT chassis is from a 1978 MGB convertible. You can see where this is going already I bet.
First, reinstall the handbrake lever back into the rear wheel backing plate and brake shoes. Then, drive around the block and curse because the steel lever is a bit too long and scrapes the inside of the soft aluminum rims; who would have guessed steel is harder than aluminum? Turns out, when not connected to the brake cable the arm relaxes, pivots in, and snacks on the shavings.
|How Queenie got her groove back|
The answer, as usual, is GRIND BABY GRIND! to remove the tiny bit of offending material.
|"Just a little off the top, Gov."|
Why the clevis pin is twice as long as need be I'll never know.
|Ahhhh.... elbow room.|
|Too close for comfort.|
So we sliced up some old rubber vacuum tubing and wrapped it around the metal of the cable / rod, and zip tied it in the open section.
The view from underneath of the complete install - note the waaaay too long handbrake cable loop - guaranteed to bug the hell out of me until I can find the proper replacement. The cable stay actually pulled the rod away from the fuel cell a bit more, but we will be keeping a close eye on it.
The Tip of the Iceberg: an actual MGB GT Handbrake!