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I bought a hydro handbrake for my car but it is only a cheap one and the hinge point was horrific!


Basically if the bolt was loose enough for movement the lever wobbled around and if you tightened the bolt till the play was gone it would stick,



So i ground out the weird welded in bush type things with the grinder and used some roller blade bearings to make it run smooth! However i needed a bush to hold the outside of the bearing face while a washer gripped the inner face allowing the bearings to turn freely.


5 points for anyone who knows what they are!!








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Alternative use is to keep the rear tires from spinning if you are stuck (like in sand).  VW-based Dune Buggies have been using "turning brakes" for many years. The single handbrake lever is replaced by (2) separate levers to isolate rear tire spinning.  Kind of a early traction control device. :)

Jim Gerock

Ruby Red 73tii built 5/30/73 "Celeste"

Riviera 69 2002 built 5/30/69 "Oscar"

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Hmm, that gives me an idea. How about a split brake pedal--like some tractors have to help them turn--on the track car for trail braking into a corner? You'd roll your foot one way or the other depending on left or right corner........Might have to modify the two-spin rule at some driver's schools!


Kidding aside, I feel that is what left foot braking helps me do when trail braking. By being able to modulate the weight balance of the car with both feet, it feels similar to using turning brakes on a tractor--can make the car point right where I want.


'74tii (Colorado) track car

'69ti (Black/Red/Yellow) rolling resto track car

'73tii (Fjord....RIP)

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I would not run dual pedals on a race car! It's always a bitch to run on a tractor, done plenty of that :P 


As far as if someone wanted to do it, they way I would recommend is how it was done on the SAE Baja cars I've seen (they LOVE cutting brakes!). I would modify your current e brake handle so that when pulled up one side of your rear brakes is applied and down is the other side. Wouldnt be too hard to do in theory... If they could run em on simple Baja cars they could be run on an 02. Maybe it's time to start tinkering... Who wants to donate another 02 to the cause? LOL!

'76 2002 in Malaga (110k Original, 2nd Owner, sat for 20 years and now a toy)
'86 Chevy K20 (6.2 Turbo Diesel build) & '46 Chevy 2 Ton Dump Truck
'74 Suzuki TS185, '68 BSA A65 Lightning (garage find), '74 BMW R90S US Spec #2

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yeah, the 2002 really does respond well to left foot braking.  At least, up till you run out of brakes.... like at Mission Raceway...


The standard handbrake does not work well for breaking the rear loose- just downshift one, match revs- then lift!





"I learn best through painful, expensive experience, so I feel like I've gotten my money's worth." MattL

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