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Post  Mk3rob on Fri Apr 03, 2015 6:22 pm

Book Mot
Pre Mot, adjust drums, twang cable snaps Sad
Cancel MoT and re book.

My Mk3 Scamp is on an 81 plate donor.
Unless you build the kitcar yourself, you don't know what its been built with.

Their are two systems
Pre 76, 2 cables from handle to drums.
Post 76, 1 cable from handle to rear subframe, then a cable to each drum.

Then there are two lengths of cables, saloon and Estate/Van (4", 100mm longer)

My Mk3 has the saloon pre 76 cable system.

I have Metro seats in my Scamp which nearly touch each other, so access to the hand brake handle is really bad.
So it is easier to remove the front pass seat. 3 bolts come out easy and its sods law the one furthest away wont, so out comes the angle grinder to remove it.
That night I had a trip to the sweety shop that is my place of "work" (only 2 weeks left) to get replacements.

Went to Mini Spares (M5, J2,) to get the cables ............. Bum wrong length
Us lads always thinks something is longer than it really is:roll:

The cable is actually cheaper than the drum adjuster and wedges Shocked

Now just have to wait for the damn rain to stop to fit the cables.

My last working day is now 14th April bounce woohoo
So come on where are all the events this year before I go off to Australia next winter


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Re: Hand brake cables

Post  Rum Tum Tugger on Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:04 am

Had the same problem with mine - could never remember which sort I'd fitted.  The Mk2 (which I've still got and must work on this year so I can offer it in running order) will be easier as I'm re-routing the cables anyway, and will adjust the guides to fit.

BTW there's one further variant - different cables for wet & dry suspension, although I'm not sure what the difference is (apart from £1.62).
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Post  Steve G on Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:02 am

I was looking at the Moke at the Haynes museum and spotted they have the handbrake further forward as there isn't any room between the seats at all. I don't know if it would be any help on a Scamp but it might allow the seats to go as close together as you can get to give a less angled seating position. Trouble is you need to modify the gear leave then. 

Hope the Mk3 passes Ok Rob and whats the plan for the Mk2 Bob ?

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