[xk] Handbrake Lever Assembly Sequence

Hi All:

I recently purchased various bits for the handbrake on my
1953 XK120 in an attempt to get it working, specifically the
rod that passes through the lever, the handbrake pawl and
the handbrake rod spring. The handbrake has been
non-functional for some time and unfortunately I don’t have
anything to help me ascertain how these assorted bits go
together. The manual only has one picture of the general
layout to indicate how one adjusts the cables.

I have checked the archives and Tadek’s initial set of
pictures and gone through all the assorted parts catalogs I
possess, but am still confused. When I thread the pawl onto
the rod and fit the spring under the cap at the top of the
lever it pushes the pawl down onto the chassis mounted
ratchet, I assume it should be lifted up should it not?

Does anyone know where I may access an exploded view of the
correct sequence in which these pieces go together, or
perhaps have close-up photos? Also, the pawl is clearly
keyed to fit into the base of the chrome lever, but what
goes in the bottom end of it? It is threaded at both ends,
the rod that passes through the lever clearly goes in one
end, what about the other? In the workshop manual the base
of the lever/pawl appears to have a bolt or cap screw fitted.

My car is L.H. drive, therefore has the handbrake lever on
the R.H. side of the transmission tunnel and, I believe I am
correct in having the lever located on the shaft so that the
‘open’ side faces away from the driver. I’m either missing
something obvious or premature senility is setting in. Help!

Regards,

Chris.–
CP120
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
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Chris. do you have Urs Schmid XK120 there are some pictures on page 152
mite be of some help, I don’t know how well it will copy on my copier but
will try if you need me to.
ob L.-----Original Message-----
From: CP120
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2012 3:48 PM
To: xk@jag-lovers.org
Subject: [xk] Handbrake Lever Assembly Sequence

Hi All:

I recently purchased various bits for the handbrake on my
1953 XK120 in an attempt to get it working, specifically the
rod that passes through the lever, the handbrake pawl and
the handbrake rod spring. The handbrake has been
non-functional for some time and unfortunately I don’t have
anything to help me ascertain how these assorted bits go
together. The manual only has one picture of the general
layout to indicate how one adjusts the cables.

I have checked the archives and Tadek’s initial set of
pictures and gone through all the assorted parts catalogs I
possess, but am still confused. When I thread the pawl onto
the rod and fit the spring under the cap at the top of the
lever it pushes the pawl down onto the chassis mounted
ratchet, I assume it should be lifted up should it not?

Does anyone know where I may access an exploded view of the
correct sequence in which these pieces go together, or
perhaps have close-up photos? Also, the pawl is clearly
keyed to fit into the base of the chrome lever, but what
goes in the bottom end of it? It is threaded at both ends,
the rod that passes through the lever clearly goes in one
end, what about the other? In the workshop manual the base
of the lever/pawl appears to have a bolt or cap screw fitted.

My car is L.H. drive, therefore has the handbrake lever on
the R.H. side of the transmission tunnel and, I believe I am
correct in having the lever located on the shaft so that the
‘open’ side faces away from the driver. I’m either missing
something obvious or premature senility is setting in. Help!

Regards,

Chris.

CP120
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
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Chris,

Remember that the XK120 has a fly-away emergency brake lever. You pull it back, push the button on the end to engage the pawl and while holding the button down, release the pressure on the lever…it is now locked in position. To release, you simply pull the lever back a bit, and it releases (the button pops up). You don’t touch the button when releasing the the brake.

It’s opposite to what we see every day on everything else on the road. Kind of elegant, but opposite from everyone else. And so, it may be that it goes together opposite to what you expect…

I’ve never had my lever apart, but here are a few images of the assembly on my car (1954 XK120SE):

http://www.jag-lovers.org/xk-lovers/gifs/120_carson/photos/photo_468.html
http://www.jag-lovers.org/xk-lovers/gifs/120_carson/photos/photo_469.html
http://www.jag-lovers.org/xk-lovers/gifs/120_carson/photos/photo_474.html
http://www.jag-lovers.org/xk-lovers/gifs/120_carson/photos/photo_476.html

Tom Carson
Juneau, Alaska
1954 XK120SE OTS, cream, chrome wires
1962 3.8 Mark 2, undergoing engine rebuild, 5-speed Supra gearbox conversion, power rack and pinion conversionOn May 25, 2012, at 12:48 PM, CP120 wrote:

Hi All:

I recently purchased various bits for the handbrake on my
1953 XK120 in an attempt to get it working, specifically the
rod that passes through the lever, the handbrake pawl and
the handbrake rod spring. The handbrake has been
non-functional for some time and unfortunately I don’t have
anything to help me ascertain how these assorted bits go
together. The manual only has one picture of the general
layout to indicate how one adjusts the cables.

I have checked the archives and Tadek’s initial set of
pictures and gone through all the assorted parts catalogs I
possess, but am still confused. When I thread the pawl onto
the rod and fit the spring under the cap at the top of the
lever it pushes the pawl down onto the chassis mounted
ratchet, I assume it should be lifted up should it not?

Does anyone know where I may access an exploded view of the
correct sequence in which these pieces go together, or
perhaps have close-up photos? Also, the pawl is clearly
keyed to fit into the base of the chrome lever, but what
goes in the bottom end of it? It is threaded at both ends,
the rod that passes through the lever clearly goes in one
end, what about the other? In the workshop manual the base
of the lever/pawl appears to have a bolt or cap screw fitted.

My car is L.H. drive, therefore has the handbrake lever on
the R.H. side of the transmission tunnel and, I believe I am
correct in having the lever located on the shaft so that the
‘open’ side faces away from the driver. I’m either missing
something obvious or premature senility is setting in. Help!

Regards,

Chris.

CP120
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
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Hi Chris, Tom is absolutely correct about the hand brake working backwards from normal. It was made that way for racing so you could use the rear brakes to help you slide around corners. Wouldn’t help much if the brakes stayed on after you cleared the corner if you had to release the brakes. You pull the brake on and push the button down to lock it. Pull the handle up just slightly and the button will pop up releasing the brakes.

Mel Salter

53 XK-120 FHC

66 E-Type FHC> Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 18:50:47 -0800

From: tcarson@gci.net
Subject: Re: [xk] Handbrake Lever Assembly Sequence
To: xk@jag-lovers.org

Chris,

Remember that the XK120 has a fly-away emergency brake lever. You pull it back, push the button on the end to engage the pawl and while holding the button down, release the pressure on the lever…it is now locked in position. To release, you simply pull the lever back a bit, and it releases (the button pops up). You don’t touch the button when releasing the the brake.

It’s opposite to what we see every day on everything else on the road. Kind of elegant, but opposite from everyone else. And so, it may be that it goes together opposite to what you expect…

I’ve never had my lever apart, but here are a few images of the assembly on my car (1954 XK120SE):

http://www.jag-lovers.org/xk-lovers/gifs/120_carson/photos/photo_468.html
http://www.jag-lovers.org/xk-lovers/gifs/120_carson/photos/photo_469.html
http://www.jag-lovers.org/xk-lovers/gifs/120_carson/photos/photo_474.html
http://www.jag-lovers.org/xk-lovers/gifs/120_carson/photos/photo_476.html

Tom Carson
Juneau, Alaska
1954 XK120SE OTS, cream, chrome wires
1962 3.8 Mark 2, undergoing engine rebuild, 5-speed Supra gearbox conversion, power rack and pinion conversion

On May 25, 2012, at 12:48 PM, CP120 wrote:

Hi All:

I recently purchased various bits for the handbrake on my
1953 XK120 in an attempt to get it working, specifically the
rod that passes through the lever, the handbrake pawl and
the handbrake rod spring. The handbrake has been
non-functional for some time and unfortunately I don’t have
anything to help me ascertain how these assorted bits go
together. The manual only has one picture of the general
layout to indicate how one adjusts the cables.

I have checked the archives and Tadek’s initial set of
pictures and gone through all the assorted parts catalogs I
possess, but am still confused. When I thread the pawl onto
the rod and fit the spring under the cap at the top of the
lever it pushes the pawl down onto the chassis mounted
ratchet, I assume it should be lifted up should it not?

Does anyone know where I may access an exploded view of the
correct sequence in which these pieces go together, or
perhaps have close-up photos? Also, the pawl is clearly
keyed to fit into the base of the chrome lever, but what
goes in the bottom end of it? It is threaded at both ends,
the rod that passes through the lever clearly goes in one
end, what about the other? In the workshop manual the base
of the lever/pawl appears to have a bolt or cap screw fitted.

My car is L.H. drive, therefore has the handbrake lever on
the R.H. side of the transmission tunnel and, I believe I am
correct in having the lever located on the shaft so that the
‘open’ side faces away from the driver. I’m either missing
something obvious or premature senility is setting in. Help!

Regards,

Chris.

CP120
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
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In reply to a message from Tom Carson sent Fri 25 May 2012:

Hi All:

Many thanks to Bob for the pictures and to Tom for reminding
me that the XK has a ‘fly-off’ handbrake (which allowed me
to reverse my thinking on the issue!) and for Mel’s
confirmation. I will hit the garage tomorrow.

Best regards,

Chris.–
CP120
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
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The open side of the lever faces away from the driver.
The spring is supposed to push the button and pawl up, not down.

Maybe this will help. This is also a LHD 120.
http://www.jag-lovers.org/snaps/snap_view.php3?id=1273445556

Rob Reilly - 679187

In reply to a message from Tom Carson sent Fri 25 May 2012:

It’s exactly the same handbrake that SS/ Jaguar used on the SS100

So the pawl and ratchet teeth are the opposite way around.

In my ‘unstoppable’ quest for more lightness , I had one cast in
alloy and only the pawl and rod were steel.

Works very well. I haven’t tried handbrake turns , although I
suppose every bit helps.–
The original message included these comments:

Chris,
Remember that the XK120 has a fly-away emergency brake lever. You pull it back, push the button on the end to engage the pawl and while holding the button down, release the pressure on the lever…it is now locked in position. To release, you simply pull the lever back a bit, and it releases (the button pops up). You don’t touch the button when releasing the the brake.
It’s opposite to what we see every day on everything else on the road. Kind of elegant, but opposite from everyone else. And so, it may be that it goes together opposite to what you expect…


Ed Nantes SS
Melbourne, Australia
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