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Eldo Calipers and E-Brake

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by zcarczar, Jan 26, 2003.

  1. zcarczar

    zcarczar 1/2 ton status

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    Anybody figured it out yet? Im really wanting to get my parking brake back and havent thought of a way to jimmy rig it.
     
  2. Grim-Reaper

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    I know what I have to do just haven't got around to it. A-Tron is working on a bracket as well.
     
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    Jason I expect to have some kind of prototype within a couple weeks. The one prblem I see is that the Gen I runs the e-brake down the center and the Gen II runs down the driver side(or do I have that reversed?). We might have to make two seperate kits. I will keep everyone posted
     
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    There are rumors of p[laces that make custom cables.

    Some have used stock cable with cable-clamps on the end to hold it in the lever.

    You will need brackets/tabs to hold the back end of the cable.

    So.... First I would install your stock cables and see how close you can get and then decide on custom cable ends or new cables.

    On mine, after careful consideration, critical measurements, and many hours spent under the truck I went DL e-brake. LOL /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    A dude on colorado K5, goes by the name K20, he had a issue with a stock cable with a 4" lift, he ground off the rivits on the rear bracket by the drivers rear tire and put spacers, i think he used leaf spring bushings, droped it down a inch or two, worked for him /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif.

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    Not rumors, I have a set. I will try to get a picture up in the next couple of days.



    Mike
     
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    Can you send us info?

    I had a set being built by a shop in Sacto but I gave up after a few months.
     
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    1st gen's have the cable down the drivers side.I hooked my stock e-cables to the Eldo e-brake levers and they do actuate the Eldo E-brakes but just not far enough.Not enough travel in the 1st gen E-brake pedal to FULLY engage the Eldo E-brake.
    Havn't tried to figure something out yet though.
     
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    Well if the pedal swing isnt enough couldnt you just find a way to shorten the arm on teh caliper to reduce the movement there?
     
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    Huh...never thought of modifying the e-brake lever.Sounds a little easier than touching the e-brake pedal end of things.Thanks! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    My stock right hand cable hooked right up as needed to Caddy e-brake arm and NAPA supplied me with a left hand cable about 8" longer then stock. After everything was hooked up, I needed to shorten the cable going to the e-brake pedal about 6". I cut out about 8" and installed a heavy duty 3/8" turn buckle to adjust slack up a bit. Rest of adjustment is done with equalizing bar or factory adjustable bracket. Works great for me. I ran my cable under the axle and come up into the Caddy calipers.
     
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    I have one figured out, but haven't finished building yet.

    The lever (arm) is modeled after the factory eldo, only shorter. After measuring the pull on the truck, I needed the arms about 1" shorter than the caddy in order to pull tight.

    To get positioning, I have cut off the first stop tab on the caliper, looking to land on the next spot (after swaping left and right to keep it high). Using one of the springs from the drum brakes for a return pull. Need to build a mounting bar for the cable end.

    Again, I have the parts and design. Just been too preoccupied with the drivetrain swap and new suspension to tinker with something trivial like brakes /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
     

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