HANDBRAKE

cobraboy

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#1
I have titled this handbrake so it will come up in a search.

This is for info only, to help anyone struggling to get a decent handbrake and wondering what they are capable of, or if Rover handbrakes are rubbish.

Todays MOT test yielded the following figures.

Offside service brake 200 kgf Nearside service brake 250 kgf

Offside parking brake 210 kgf Nearside parking brake 220 kgf

I have said before that my handbrake was equal to the service brake and here's the proof.

Not rubbish at all.
 

cobraboy

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#3
Since I have been back I have managed to get one more click on the offside caliper.
Both calipers now have 0.008" clearance between the outside pad and disc with the caliper pulled over toward the outside.
 

cobraboy

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#5
If your car was as wayward as mine has been with its Carlos Fandago wheels you would do more than stoop, I can't bend over backward any more I'm too old, stooping is just about doable.
 
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cobraboy

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#8
You sir have just let it be known that you are approaching old fart status, as that advert will only be remembered by a select few, I of course know nothing of it :rolleyes:

sdibbers - when Harvey says you stoop, you stoop. Stooping and measuring is multi tasking, another talent altogether.

Who knew rear brake calipers could be such fun ........
 
#9
Not directly related to the handbrake, but here's the story of my first real contact with the P6. I first notice the P6 while I was in high school in 1972. Obviously a neat car, my best friend at that time was looking to upgrade from his 68 Mustang, and i talked him into trying out a '67 April Yellow/Buffalo TC that was on a Penticton car lot. He thought is was a pretty neat car too, so the deal was made. We actually lived in Kelowna, but for the trip back we went the long way around. Shortly after we got going, it was time to test the brakes.

Kim jumped on them at about 70 mph, the car stopped and we kind of looked at each other thinking that that wasn't so great. Not much fuss. At about that point, the cloud of rubber smoke started to drift past us and two of the blackest skid marks ever appeared thought the haze behind us.

OK, brakes work! Further experiments showed that the handbrake was as strong as the foot brake, easily locking the rear wheels at 70 mph.

Later on that trip we also discovered that hard cornering would spill oil through the camcover breather (the original, not sealed, wire mesh version) and flood over the header, filling the car with smoke.

Yours
Vern
 

amcdonald

Active Member
#10
How clever are advertisers. You don't see an ad for 30 years odd, and then you see it again and you remember it completely. Its a bit spooky actually. Particularly related to R Whites lemonade as recently I found myself YouTube searching those too in some bored moments. Maybe when one is at an impressionable age these things stick. Nowadays I don't remember what I broke / fixed on my car 3 days ago.
 

cobraboy

Well-Known Member
#11
Not directly related to the handbrake, but here's the story of my first real contact with the P6. I first notice the P6 while I was in high school in 1972. Obviously a neat car, my best friend at that time was looking to upgrade from his 68 Mustang, and i talked him into trying out a '67 April Yellow/Buffalo TC that was on a Penticton car lot. He thought is was a pretty neat car too, so the deal was made. We actually lived in Kelowna, but for the trip back we went the long way around. Shortly after we got going, it was time to test the brakes.

Kim jumped on them at about 70 mph, the car stopped and we kind of looked at each other thinking that that wasn't so great. Not much fuss. At about that point, the cloud of rubber smoke started to drift past us and two of the blackest skid marks ever appeared thought the haze behind us.

OK, brakes work! Further experiments showed that the handbrake was as strong as the foot brake, easily locking the rear wheels at 70 mph.

Later on that trip we also discovered that hard cornering would spill oil through the camcover breather (the original, not sealed, wire mesh version) and flood over the header, filling the car with smoke.

Yours
Vern
Nice recollection Vern
If only your friend had had a crystal ball, the '68 Mustang is the hot ticket now. Could have been very different if Frank Bullitt had driven a Rover !
 

cobraboy

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#12
How clever are advertisers. You don't see an ad for 30 years odd, and then you see it again and you remember it completely. Its a bit spooky actually. Particularly related to R Whites lemonade as recently I found myself YouTube searching those too in some bored moments. Maybe when one is at an impressionable age these things stick. Nowadays I don't remember what I broke / fixed on my car 3 days ago.
Adverts seemed to be a lot higher quality back then, and amusing.
 

Tor

Active Member
#13
Great result there! I'm one of "those guys" who have, having dismantled and assembled the fairly flimsy looking mechanism, kept thinking it was all a bit feeble. But having parked in a 1:5 incline for months now, and seeing how the handbrake just keeps getting better with use, and engaging on the 2nd or 3rd click of the lever, I have come round. The P6 has a good handbrake.
 
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