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  • 77 Trans Am Emergency Brake Cable Routing

    I recently had my 77 T/A restored and I noticed the emergency brake cable was routed underneath the dual 2 1/2" exhaust pipes, like a support for the pipes. The cables are chaffing the pipes and I can't set the parking brake because the tension is too tight. I'll submit a picture of what it looked like before the restoration. Keep in mind, the new pipes sit much lower than the original pipes.

    Any suggestions?
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  • #2
    Looks like even with stock exhaust it rubs.

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    • #3
      I agree. Don't they need to be routed on top of the pipes?

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      • #4
        How low is your new exhaust? Is there room to go over?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Chuck View Post
          How low is your new exhaust? Is there room to go over?

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          Definitely lower than the stock pipe. I talked with the guy that restored it and he claims this is the correct way to route the cable. I'm not sure of the clearance with the drive shaft if I re-routed it. I may loosen the cable a little bit and keep it the way it is.
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          • #6
            On my 77 bird, my e-brake is routed,
            Under the prop shaft and over the exhaust, plenty o' room to route it that way,
            (I'm Running dual flow masters and headers) and my e-brake works fine ,
            No rubbing on anything, doesn't even touch.

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            • #7
              I took that useless cable out, along with everything it was attached to. If you feel you must have one, you can get an aftermarket one that's routed different.

              yours truly,
              The Lord of Hardcore
              -Mike

              This is not something you buy. It's Something you Build!

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              • #8
                I took the one outta SpaceLord also. But the 75 will get one being it's a stick.

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                • #9
                  I personally like having a e brake. I live in a hilly town though. I've also had my car slip out of gear and roll down a driveway. There's more to that story but if I had a e brake that day it wouldn't have happened

                  1972 LeMans W/Endura Front End & 461 CID

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                  • #10
                    Right. Because automatics slip out of gear all the time... and you're constantly parking on steep hills.

                    Also, the problem with an e-brake is you have to engage it for it to do anything, and unless someone drives a stick, and/or has the hand lever version, it's rarely engaged.
                    -Mike

                    This is not something you buy. It's Something you Build!

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                    • #11
                      Right and that's why most rotted away and we're never replaced.

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                      • #12
                        Lol the lever types are great for handbrake turns not so easy with the other type


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                        • #13
                          Surely you remember that hill behind his house....

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                          - Christopher - They call me Devil Beard

                          Hoarder of various 2nd gen Trans Ams and Firebirds/ 73-77

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                          • #14
                            I think your missing a hanger for the cable..on the pass side.Found these on the inna web..may be for a A-body.not sure.
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                            72 Luxury Lemans nicely equipped!

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                            • #15
                              the e-brake cable go's above the exhaust. wow can't beleave anybody would think that it should run below exhaust that hangs that low!
                              it's big! it's bad! & it's ugly!
                              69 Grand Prix 455,5spd
                              11.99 at 112
                              76 455,4spd t/a
                              69 Firebird T/A clone

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