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DAVEN1256

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Parking brake center cable length ???
« on: March 16, 2018, 10:36:04 PM »
Parking brake center cable length ???

I'm am replacing all of the parking brake cables front to back on my '68.

I was looking at different Camaro parts suppliers for replacements. I was leaning towards a kit at Heartbeat City. The only problem was that they advertise the length of their center cable as 89 inches. Every other supplier who gave the length of the center cable listed it as 79 inches. I measured my original center cable and it is 79 inches.

I called Heartbeat city and asked about this. I asked if the 89 inches shown on their website was possibly an error. The guy I talked to was adamant that the 89 inches was correct and that he has actually measured these cables himself.

I would have to believe if their cable was 10 inches longer than the original, you would never be able to tighten it.

It doesn't make sense to me that there would be two different length cables available. Just wondering what anyone else thinks about this.

Also any opinions as to who is supplying good accurate reproductions.

Thanks.......Dave


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Re: Parking brake center cable length ???
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2018, 10:41:32 PM »
The shorter one is correct. I have an 89" (?) hanging in the shed because it is too long for my 05B '67 and it ran out of thread while tightening.
I found a supplier on eBay that sells the correct length shorter center cable.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/68-69-Camaro-Firebird-Center-Intermediate-Emergency-Parking-Brake-Cable-OE-IN359-/190820998596


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Re: Parking brake center cable length ???
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2018, 03:40:54 AM »
BEWARE what a vendor tells you re what is 'correct'...   :)
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Re: Parking brake center cable length ???
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2018, 12:07:07 AM »
Well, it looks like I am not buying that kit and will make sure whatever I buy has a 79" cable.

Thanks for the replies......Dave

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Re: Parking brake center cable length ???
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2018, 04:23:35 AM »
Check with In Line Tube (https://www.inlinetube.com/parking-brake-cables) or the Right Stuff Detailing...
Gary W / 09C 69Z28-RS, 72 B 720 cowl console rosewood tint
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Re: Parking brake center cable length ???
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2018, 06:00:08 PM »
I did some research on the center, or Intermediate Cable for '67 thru '69 Camaro.

There are two. One is early 1st design '67 Camaro which is 82 1/2" long. The 2nd design is for '67 thru '69 Camaro which is 79".

The parts book shows an 89 1/2" for '68 thru '72 Chevelle.

Hope this helps you guys out.......Warren

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Re: Parking brake center cable length ???
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2018, 09:06:36 PM »
I decided to go with a stainless steel complete set from Right Stuff Detailing. I bought it through Amazon. The price was cheaper than getting it direct from Right Stuff and the shipping was free.

I should have asked this question before purchasing but Amazon said they only had two units left so I thought I better jump on it......With stainless being harder than OEM steel, has anyone who has used stainless, noticed the cables weren't as flexible as OEM and possibly easier to bind?

Thanks for the help on this

Dave

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Re: Parking brake center cable length ???
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2018, 05:06:53 AM »
Thanks for the info Warren!

I'm not a fan of stainless for brake stuff cause it doesn't look the same as original. And it took years for the originals to rust. Won't happen on a driver.

That said, they should work fine and noone will notice. :)
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