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!
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
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