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BOB, WOW I thought this handle looked good in picture.
SHOOT seeing it in person is an entirely different ball game.
I can't stop looking at it very very nice
thank you thank you thank you:haha:
 

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Terry, glad you like it. Is it in your GT yet? I should have sent all the packages priority mail, only one lost and he got the replacement handles today. Oh well, I guess you take a chance with the post office. I was going to send it UPS until I found out I coule mail both packages for the price UPS want to ship one.

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Terry, glad you like it. Is it in your GT yet? I should have sent all the packages priority mail, only one lost and he got the replacement handles today. Oh well, I guess you take a chance with the post office. I was going to send it UPS until I found out I coule mail both packages for the price UPS want to ship one.

Bob

Yep, It was me, I had a wave of Bad Luck come,, and Go..Some Black Clouds . The Post Office Lost My Package with my two Walnut Handles..
Boy oh Boy I've been wait Long Time... was worried the second package won't make it passed Reno... again.. (dam walnut handle postal grinches lol)

But Bob There Here,, Finally Nice Job.. Holy Cow these are Hefty pc. of wood.. nice grain mum
Soo I ran down to the Garage made a temporary Fit on the GT. Needs to be Epoxy to make permanent

The Emergency Brake Boot are premium Leather and come in a bunch of different stitch colors .. Perfect fit as you can see.. a little pricey..oh well posted the link to share
black, white,yellow,blue,red,gray,, and even purple ?


White E-Brake Boot in my GT
https://www.ebay.com/itm/WHITE-STITCHING-LEATHER-E-BRAKE-BOOT-SKIN-COVER-FITS-OPEL-GT-1968-1973/231705833534


Black E-Brake Boot Leather
https://www.ebay.com/itm/BLACK-STITCHING-LEATHER-E-BRAKE-BOOT-SKIN-COVER-FITS-OPEL-GT-1968-1973/351533984823?fits=Model:Opel|Submodel:GT|Make:Opel&hash=item51d90eec37:g:-7oAAOSwFnFWC7uL
 

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Mike, your GT looks great. Thanks for being patient during the USPS mess up. Glad it got there. a little late, but it got there. Crowning touch for an interior as nice as yours.

Mike: I just ordered the leather boot with yellow stitching. (My GT is Chrome Yellow) When I saw the picture of yours I knew I had to have it. Right now I am running a Maro wood handle, but I might just turn some leopardwood, looks interesting or may go back to cocobolo. The boot is a nice addition to my GT, thanks for posting the link. Are those stock seats? Just put stock seats back in the GT. I like the wood too, may even try that.

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But Bob There Here,, Finally Nice Job.. Holy Cow these are Hefty pc. of wood.. nice grain mum
Soo I ran down to the Garage made a temporary Fit on the GT. Needs to be Epoxy to make permanent

White E-Brake Boot in my GT
https://www.ebay.com/itm/WHITE-STITCHING-LEATHER-E-BRAKE-BOOT-SKIN-COVER-FITS-OPEL-GT-1968-1973/231705833534
Maybe a good way to attach a new E-Brake handle would be to attach them like new golf club grips. Wrap the shaft with the special double sided, sticky tape, apply acetone or lacquer thinner to the tape to make the glue slippery, then just push the new handle on over the tape and wait few minutes for the glue to set. Not as permanent as epoxy, but very effective.

edit: Belay this idea! The gooey glue from the tape might just glue the button in place as well as the handle. I really shouldn't post stuff late at night!:)
 

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Yep, It was me, I had a wave of Bad Luck come,, and Go..Some Black Clouds . The Post Office Lost My Package with my two Walnut Handles..
Boy oh Boy I've been wait Long Time... was worried the second package won't make it passed Reno... again.. (dam walnut handle postal grinches lol)

But Bob There Here,, Finally Nice Job.. Holy Cow these are Hefty pc. of wood.. nice grain mum
Soo I ran down to the Garage made a temporary Fit on the GT. Needs to be Epoxy to make permanent

The Emergency Brake Boot are premium Leather and come in a bunch of different stitch colors .. Perfect fit as you can see.. a little pricey..oh well posted the link to share
black, white,yellow,blue,red,gray,, and even purple ?


White E-Brake Boot in my GT
https://www.ebay.com/itm/WHITE-STITCHING-LEATHER-E-BRAKE-BOOT-SKIN-COVER-FITS-OPEL-GT-1968-1973/231705833534


Black E-Brake Boot Leather
https://www.ebay.com/itm/BLACK-STITCHING-LEATHER-E-BRAKE-BOOT-SKIN-COVER-FITS-OPEL-GT-1968-1973/351533984823?fits=Model:Opel|Submodel:GT|Make:Opel&hash=item51d90eec37:g:-7oAAOSwFnFWC7uL
Nice console Mike, You can hardly see mine because the Armrest, covers it up. The E brake, doesn't hit it though. I have to pull the Ebrake this winter, as my button is stuck. The link you posted should get me in the ballpark for the cover. Can't purchase anything at this time, as projects are piling up behind me. I still haven't fixed my Gt yet after the Nationals fiasco. I hope to have most of it fixed this afternoon. At least enough to get out of the Garage. Take care, I'll get pictures to you today. Jarrell
 

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Mike, your GT looks great. Thanks for being patient during the USPS mess up. Glad it got there. a little late, but it got there. Crowning touch for an interior as nice as yours.

Mike: I just ordered the leather boot with yellow stitching. (My GT is Chrome Yellow) When I saw the picture of yours I knew I had to have it. Right now I am running a Maro wood handle, but I might just turn some leopardwood, looks interesting or may go back to cocobolo. The boot is a nice addition to my GT, thanks for posting the link. Are tose stock seats? Just put stock seats back in the GT. I like the wood too, may even try that.

Bob
Thanks Bob, The Handles look Great.. Go for the E-brake Leather Boot you won't be disappointed :yup: I must find a way to cement them on the steel post. Maybe the golf club grip idea like Spring GT mentioned but be very vigilant of getting glue in button area. Right now held in place with blk rubber electrician and friction tape. Wanted to ask ..how did you finish the piece? the handle is so smooth ..have you polished it with buffing wheel?
or really.really fine sandpaper... the finish is awesome dude ��

The seats I have are Pontiac Fiero ,(( try keeping my GT/ GM...lol), Fiero Seats are getting harder to find in the salvage yards.. There are a few places online that just make seat Kits,,, and that's all they do.. Fiero,Mazda,Recaro's,etc,, I've tried a bunch different seat combo's and find for me.my height..etc..That the Fiero Seats are the most comfortable and nice looking seat.. Just my personal opinion here ... I have made two tone Fiero's in my yellow and black in my other GT.

The wood in the console.. e brake I recommend trace the area,, than cut out the pattern on some 14 or 12 gauge steel sheet metal... than have that covered in a nice hard wood veneer.. Cemented to the sheetmetal.. than glue or Velcro in the console.. than the wood will never crack and no screw holes to show.. easy to clean too ...JMHO
 

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Mike, Thanks for the suggestion. I believe I have a piece of cocobolo about 4 inches wide and about 3/4 of an inch thick. I will have to cut it down to 1/4 inch thick. The metal part I never would have thought of, but it's a great idea. I now plan to do the wood, but with all the other things going, it will remain on my "to do list". Well along with the wife's to do list for me. I will eventually get it done, no time table yet.

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Thanks Bob, The Handles look Great.. Go for the E-brake Leather Boot you won't be disappointed :yup: I must find a way to cement them on the steel post. Maybe the golf club grip idea like Spring GT mentioned but be very vigilant of getting glue in button area. Right now held in place with blk rubber electrician and friction tape. Wanted to ask ..how did you finish the piece? the handle is so smooth ..have you polished it with buffing wheel?
or really.really fine sandpaper... the finish is awesome dude ��

The wood in the console.. e brake I recommend trace the area,, than cut out the pattern on some 14 or 12 gauge steel sheet metal... than have that covered in a nice hard wood veneer.. Cemented to the sheetmetal.. than glue or Velcro in the console.. than the wood will never crack and no screw holes to show.. easy to clean too ...JMHO
Mike they were fist brought down to almost the diameter of the handle with a lathe gouge. From there is was reduced with sandpaper starting at 80 grit and working down to 2500 grit. One the lathe is easy to do. They were then drilled with a 22mm all the way through the center. The finish is done with friction polish, really bring out the character of the wood. The harder the wood, the better the shine. The only maintenance on them is to wax them about every three months, and they will stay the same color and last forever.

Your pattern is the way to go, so that's on the project list.

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Mike, I liked your "tray" so I took a piece of cocobolo and cut it to fit, I have to glue two pieces of the cocobolo together. I am going to make a pattern using paper to make sure I cut it right the first time. Should fit well. There are some spaces near where the E Brake handle goes through, but that will be an easy fix. It's only about an eighth of an inch, but it's not perfect. The piece I have to fit is a weird angle so I decided that paper was cheaper than the wood. Hopefully I will get it done tomorrow. I plan to take pictures and should have they by tomorrow.

I forgot to put instructions in your box, all you have to do is fit the handle so it sits on the metal handle and mark the top with tape. Take it off and put a couple drops of epoxy glue on the metal part of the handle and slide the E Brake handle on with the tape up. It will hold forever.

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Mike, I tried to put the cocobolo on the tray, like you did. Well that was strike one. So now I am going to make it one piece. That's where I screwed up trying to make it out of two pieces. The center seam didn't get cut straight so there are gaps when the two sides are put in. Close, but no cigar. I think I am going to order some veneer wood and shouldn't have any problems. Besides, they come in packages of four, so I have three chances to screw it up.

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Mike, I tried to put the cocobolo on the tray, like you did. Well that was strike one. So now I am going to make it one piece. That's where I screwed up trying to make it out of two pieces. The center seam didn't get cut straight so there are gaps when the two sides are put in. Close, but no cigar. I think I am going to order some veneer wood and shouldn't have any problems. Besides, they come in packages of four, so I have three chances to screw it up.

Bob


Bob, Go with the Veneer wood... I had 1/8 Walnut from Mid-west Hobby, glued epoxy together side by side,, seem like it want to snap
then i covered the back in epoxy with heavy fiberglass cloth....keep it strong yep... snapped again

The solution for me was the metal backer plate,, and I found a Kitchen Carpenter shop that does Veneer Cabinets

I had the shop cover the metal... but I think that wood is really,really Thin... If you have the knack for veneer.. That's why I asked you about Veneer... They use a special commercial contact cement that really Strong and some heavy rollers to get the bubbles out.. makes the bond strong Good Luck
 

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Try spraying some PB Blaster in the spot where the ring around the button is. That should go down into the area of the spring and loosen it up some so it works as normal. Was you GT store in a high humidity area? If the answer is yes, that's probably it. If you don't know for sure, it is still probably it.

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Per a prior post, I wouldn't squirt PB blaster on the button. THe rubber will swell and make it jam even tighter. You can apply grease to the mechanism if you remove the boot and mechanism.
 

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Try spraying some PB Blaster in the spot where the ring around the button is. That should go down into the area of the spring and loosen it up some so it works as normal. Was you GT store in a high humidity area? If the answer is yes, that's probably it. If you don't know for sure, it is still probably it.

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Per a prior post, I wouldn't squirt PB blaster on the button. The rubber will swell and make it jam even tighter. You can apply grease to the linkage area if you remove the boot and mechanism.
 

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Terry, glad you like it. Is it in your GT yet? I should have sent all the packages priority mail, only one lost and he got the replacement handles today. Oh well, I guess you take a chance with the post office. I was going to send it UPS until I found out I coule mail both packages for the price UPS want to ship one.

Bob
Shoot Sorry Bob I skip right over this,
No not yet I haven't really started inside stuff yet but am collecting stuff for when I'm ready
I'm trying to keep focused on the mechanical & drive ability stuff in fact it's tuff keeping outa the drivers seat even with the front end out of it cause I keep wanting to start it up and listen to it pppuuurrr:haha:
 

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Bob, just wanted to post a couple of pictures of my E-Brake Handle. It looks great and matches my wood grained console. Thanks so much for taking the time to make them.:cool: Jarrell
that matches up pretty darn good Jarrell
now lets see how well it works at lets say oh I dunno 35 40 mph and spin that gt 180 degrees:no:
 

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that matches up pretty darn good Jarrell
now lets see how well it works at lets say oh I dunno 35 40 mph and spin that gt 180 degrees:no:
Hey, we know how to drift. I used to Autocross both my Manta and Gt. The Manta was way better drifting on the course. We did pretty good in E-Stock, only E-Prepared were we outclassed. :yup: Jarrell
 

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Hey Bob,
I finally got some time to install the brake handle. I think it looks great with my car's interior. Thanks for the great job!
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