Greetings of the New Year from India and wish you all a super duper 2018. I am attaching the picture of my Handbrake Lever in a vertical position. I am unable to move it all the way back (towards the Seat). The position displayed is the maximum I can move behind. While I can move it forward toward but unable to move it backwards beyond this position, as a result it is getting tough to find the neutral. Any suggestions what could be the possible issue?
My first thought is that your brakes are engaging too early. Try backing the clevises off some where the brake rods attach to the cross shaft.
Do your rear wheels spin freely with the lever fully forward? It can be a good problem to have and maybe a simple adjustment. I would remove both Clevus pins at the front of each brake rod and then do your clutch adjustment first to ensure you have a “clean” neutral with the lever vertical. Reinstall and adjust the rod length so the brakes start to apply just after the hand brake lever moves rearwards past the vertical position and they should lock up the rear wheels around “10 o’clock” position
Alan in a Western Australia
PS. You will need to either get some shoes or buy pedal rubbers before you drive the T too far, those pedals get very hot and you may end up getting a tow truck!!
Probably not your problem, but try putting some grease here:
Then check the parking brake adjustment, as suggested earlier. In that position, are your parking brakes engaged???
No even in that position the rear wheels move freely and the brakes are not engaged.
Check carefully because I think the linkage is hitting somewhere. Did this just start happening out of nowhere? If so something broke or became disconnected and is restricting movement.
Further to Jerry's suggestion on lubrication, it helps reduce wear on the cross shaft cam if the bolt in the clutch shaft is inserted from the bottom so the head of the bolt is the contact on the cam. That way the wear is spread over a wider area and the bolt head can be filed to a bit of a crown to aid in the transition from 'in gear' to neutral.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
This is interesting as the Fordor I recently bought does the same thing! I have been waiting for spring to check it out as it's too cold right now. But, if my memory serves, I had jacked up the rear and did check to see that the brakes did engage.
It is the transmission or the brakes. Isolate the problem by disconnecting the brake rods at the hand brake lever and try pulling the lever back. If the problem continues it is a transmission issue. If the problem goes away it is a parking brake issue. Once you have identified the problem we can suggest fixes.
Sure. Let me try it and will update on the forum. I only hope the transmission is not buggered up.
Willis, did you try it with the floorboard out? My runabout came with a home made floorboard with the slot cut wrong. A little wood work allowed the lever to move properly.