When we first put the ’46 roadster pickup together, we used the rearend from a junk ’82 Caprice, complete with the stock triangulated four-link and antiroll bar, although the emergency brake cables were still attached, we never connected them up. Rusted and not exactly smooth in operation, we planned on replacing them in fairly short order, so we zip-tied them to a crossmember temporarily.
Lokar offers two versions...
Lokar offers two versions of its underdash emergency brake: foot or hand-operated. We opted for the hand-operated version. The bracket is adjustable to give a distance of 15 to 11 inches between the firewall and dash, and the cable does not run through the firewall. The assembly comprises the bracket, pistol grip lever, cable clevis, and all mounting hardware.
Well that was over a decade ago, and it took a friend to have an accident in a hot rod without an e-brake to convince us it was time to do something about it! So we made a call to Lokar for one of their underdash hand-operated emergency brake assemblies, as well as the necessary cables to hook it all up. A simple, one-day job to install, how many of you are currently running around without a secondary means to stop your rod or custom? While our truck has dual circuit brakes, there’s always the possibility of brake failure, not to mention we now have the peace of mind of not relying solely on the Park position of the shifter to keep the pickup from rolling away whilst parked.
The Lokar underdash emergency brake is available with the pistol grip handle in brushed, chrome, or black finish, the adjustable-length bracket bolting both through the firewall and to the lower lip of the dash. The handle measures 13 inches from pivot point to the bottom of the grip. For a cleaner appearance on the outside of the firewall, the cable is routed from the assembly inside the car.
Most people will install this...
Most people will install this style of emergency brake in the footwell between the brake or clutch pedal and the kick panel, but as can be seen, this area in our ’46 is home to the fuse box, wiring, and offset brake pedal assembly, leaving no room for the e-brake bracket to bolt to the firewall.
As will become clear in the pictures, we weren’t able to mount the assembly on the left side of the steering column, so we mounted it in the center of the firewall, but wanted to position the handle as high and close to the firewall as possible to make it unobtrusive. This was for the same reason there’s no floor shifter in the truck; the bench seat means there’s space for two passengers as well as the driver, and we therefore wanted the center of the interior uncluttered by a shifter or e-brake. Mission accomplished!