|Miscellaneous Ideas for you '60-'66 Chevy/GMC Pickup
|Emergency Brake and the Automatic Transmission
|As you know when you put a late model automatic in a '60-'66 pickup you have the problem of what to do with the emergency brake setup. The transmission cross member wipes out the original e-brake cross member. One solution would be to modify the e-brake cross member and relocate it on your frame. This means you'll have to shorten some cables and lengthen others. I
haven't installed it yet but here are some pictures of the raw
The first picture the original parking brake crossmember
cut at a 45° angle. I then turned over the cutoff piece and welded back
onto the crossmember. I will locate this assemble a little to the rear
of the transmission crossmember using the frame flange as a mount place
for the right side and the transmission crossmember for the "L" or left
side. Cable lengths will have to be adjusted for the new location.
Emergency Brake with a Pedal!
Replace the original hand lever e-brake lever with a foot-actuated one.
Here's an installation of a mid-80s foot pedal assembly in to Peter Davies'
'63 Chevy pickup. This should work just fine for all '60-'66 Chevy/GMCs.
The assembly is installed with three bolts. The rear mounting bolt
(shown in this picture - click on it to make it bigger) goes into the
kick panel. A nut will have to be welded to the kick panel and the
bracket of the pedal assembly spaced away from the panel by a 1/2". The
two front mounting bolts go through the firewall.
Looking under the hood on the driver's side you can see the The upper bolt
coming through the firewall.
This picture shows the routing of the brake cable as come through the
firewall and curves back through the hole in the frame used by the original
Under the truck now, looking forward from the left side of the
transmission, you can see where the cable couples with the actuating
lever on the transmission cross member. You will probably have to play
with cable lengths here to make everything come out right.
You can contact Peter directly if you have any specific questions: