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Converting Foot parking brake to Hand parking brake?

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Hey everyone, this is the first time I've posted on TRS so I apologize if this isn't the in the correct location or if this question has already been answered.

I am wondering if anyone has removed their floor or foot parking brake (whatever it's called) and installed a hand parking brake, like in a car. I have a 1996 Ranger STX, 4x4, manual. What would this sort of job need to be completed? I wouldn't imagine it would be all too difficult.

Thanks for your help!
 


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my question for you is why?

what are you trying to accomplish?
 

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I can think of one reason off the top of my head.....rallying.
 

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I personally hate the floor push e-brake on a manual trans vehicle I off road often.
What I find happens is on trickery terrain the hood release gets deployed causing further obstruction of forward view.

A proper hand actuated/released cable e-brake is on my wish list also
 
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Find one in a junkyard on a car, and cut it out. Jeeps have them too.

Cut a hole in the floor, and mount it-look out for the transmission/driveshaft rubbing.

Then just get a custom cable made up for it, or make one yourself. Shouldn't be terribly hard
 

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Hydraulic aftermarket handbrakes are also available. they're very effective but not cheap. One or two of the guys on here used the handbrake from an aerostar, but that was a few years ago.
 

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If you're wanting to keep it cheap, you'd probably be best off playing with a handbrake assy out of a donor Cherocar - they should be fairly similar in terms of the cable length so you may be able to find a way to make it work. Personally, I don't think you need it unless you plan on, as stated above, rallying the thing; but hey, to each his own. Post pics if you decide to play around with and try to make it work :D
 

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also winstar min vans have them too they would have a boot and everything.
 

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If you want a center console WJ grand cherokees (99-04, "rounder" bodies than the old bricks) have what you're looking for
 

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