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  • Shifter/hand brake plate?

    Ok, I have a small problem that I just can't seem to fix.

    Now, in my original July '28 Tudor I have this nifty plate on the floor that goes down around the front mounted hand brake lever and rests firmly on the angle of the floor boards.

    There are 3 little twisty things that are riveted to the floor and foot board, that are suppose to hold down the plate, but they are bent up enough on both ends so all they do not even come close to holding the plate down.

    Now, what I am searching for is a fix to put the flatness back into all 3 of these so when I twist them, they hold the plate down.

    One stipulation, I will NOT remove them to bend them flat. I want to do this in the car while they are still riveted.

    I did try setting my 4# sledge hammer on one side and pounding on the other side, it helped, but not enough to tighten them up.

    Oh, don't ask for pictures as I'm not pulling that *&^%#% floor mat out until I have a solution.
    You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

  • #2
    Drill out the rivets, flip them over and re-pop rivet it back
    3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
    Henry Ford said,
    "It's all nuts and bolts"
    "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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    • DaWizard
      DaWizard commented
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      What part of "One stipulation, I will NOT remove them to bend them flat. I want to do this in the car while they are still riveted." don't you understand?

    • Mitch
      Mitch commented
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      i didn't say to remove them and bend them flat quote

      i said remove them and flip them over, i have pop riveted those before, when i didn't have the special rivets or tool

    • Ray Horton
      Ray Horton commented
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      No need to be rude, Wiz, when somebody's trying to give you free and experienced advice. And it ain't that hard to take the boards out and do it right anyway.

    • DaWizard
      DaWizard commented
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      Sorry Ray, was not trying to be rude, just making sure that Mitch read the whole post. He has been known to take short cuts.

  • #3
    Thanks, I needed a laugh today. Good luck on your quest. Hope it goes well.

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    • #4
      They'll just end up loose again in a month or so. I have some Christie's 10 mil tape I use to hold the bars in place and it seals around the edge of the plate. There... how's that? Didn't have to remove the floorboard to fix that little problem.

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      • #5
        If you want the plate to be tight and not rattle, drill two small holes near the edge and screw it down to the floorboard. It works for me.
        Bill
        http://www.brauchauto.com/
        Eastern Connecticut

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        • Mitch
          Mitch commented
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          Bill i had written this same thing yesterday above in a comment as an additional fix to flipping the clips over, but deleted it as sometimes help from behind the key board can easily be misconstrued. The hold down clip thing is a piss poor design and once the mats are in place it's not seen anyway.

      • #6
        Originally posted by DaWizard View Post
        Ok, I have a small problem that I just can't seem to fix.

        Now, in my original July '28 Tudor I have this nifty plate on the floor that goes down around the front mounted hand brake lever and rests firmly on the angle of the floor boards.

        There are 3 little twisty things that are riveted to the floor and foot board, that are suppose to hold down the plate, but they are bent up enough on both ends so all they do not even come close to holding the plate down.

        Now, what I am searching for is a fix to put the flatness back into all 3 of these so when I twist them, they hold the plate down.

        One stipulation, I will NOT remove them to bend them flat. I want to do this in the car while they are still riveted.

        I did try setting my 4# sledge hammer on one side and pounding on the other side, it helped, but not enough to tighten them up.

        Oh, don't ask for pictures as I'm not pulling that *&^%#% floor mat out until I have a solution.
        You could try small flat pice of flat metal not to wide and cut a slot in it to slide under the clips and around the rivet. Now put a heave weight on one side and hammer the other side down, Now do the other side.

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        • #7
          They make plastic shims at the lumber yard instead of wood they are tapered put them under the tab break off the excess put a piece of gorilla tape over it no rattle mat covers it all anyway.

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