Many classic and specialty cars don’t have the best parking / emergency brakes, and on many custom and street rod builds it gets left out completely. Our ’57 DeSoto is no exception as the parking brake for many early Chrysler Corporation cars was simply a small drum on the tail shaft of the transmission. In fact Chrysler’s early Torqueflite automatic transmission didn’t even have a “Park” selection, leaving the owner to trust the small hand brake to keep their car from rolling away.
When we upgraded our 50s project car with rear disc brakes, we knew we had to find a way activate the emergency brake provision on the calipers. Thankfully the folks at E-Stopp had a solution for us that kept out interior uncluttered yet offered the braking activation we needed. Their push-button electric emergency brake not only frees up room on the chassis and inside the car, it also doubles as an anti-theft device. It works with any kind of brake system that can accept an e-brake cable and can mount anywhere on the chassis that you have room.
Join Mark Simpson as he discusses the various components in our new braking system, and takes us step by step through the installation process.