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    While going through the parts book trying to identify some brake rods I noticed Ford changed the name three times.
    A-2853-AR Rod, emergency brake lever to cross shaft 1928-29.
    A-2856-D Rod, emergency hand brake lever to cross shaft 1930-31.
    A-2853-E Rod, hand brake lever to cross shaft assembly 1931.


  • #2
    Well Bob, to the best of my knowledge it has never intended to be an emergency brake, it has always been a parking brake. Even on the very early left hand brake where it applied all 4 wheels worth of brake, I think Henry said in the owners manual to not use it for stopping the car. It has always been to prevent the car from moving while starting the car.
    You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!


    • #3
      Interesting observation Bob.

      I will report that I saw a pair of e-brake carriers (or whatever kind of brake you want to call it) once that were so twisted, wracked, and deformed that I made the comment, "I couldn't do that to those carriers if I tried"
      I was told by an old timer nearby, "that is what happens when you use the hand brake to try to stop the car"


        BILL WILLIAMSON commented
        Editing a comment
        Ever try to stop a later car, with the LEFT foot parking brake?--LOL
        Dad Awkward

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