Is my trans crossmember on backwards?

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by NZ GS 400, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. NZ GS 400

    NZ GS 400 Gold Level Contributor

    I am starting to think so.

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  2. gsfred

    gsfred Founders Club Member

    Looks like it. The BB cross member has a slot that the emergency brake cable runs through. Looks like that slot is on the passenger side and should be on the drivers side.
  3. TrunkMonkey

    TrunkMonkey Well-Known Member


    The "hump" in the center is to the back of the car.
  4. NZ GS 400

    NZ GS 400 Gold Level Contributor

    Thanks for that. I just installed a new front parking brake cable and the cables don't seem to hook up right. Actually, not at all. Hopefully it will help my header clearance a bit too.
  5. wkillgs

    wkillgs Gold Level Contributor

    Double check the pn of the front brake cable. IIRC, the St400 requires a different cable than the ST300 trans.
  6. Matt Knutson

    Matt Knutson Well-Known Member


    Is your car Right Hand drive? I don't think the crossmember can be installed backwards.
  7. TrunkMonkey

    TrunkMonkey Well-Known Member

    Yes, it can. It is a bitch to get the cross-member in backwards, but you certainly can do it. (and almost always screw up the driveshaft working angle)
  8. NZ GS 400

    NZ GS 400 Gold Level Contributor

    Well guys, it was hard to install. Not having prior experience doing so, I don't know what "normal" installation is like. I have not driven the car like this fortunately. I will see if it is easier the other way (correct way) and let you know.
  9. BBBPat

    BBBPat Well-Known Member

    the give away is the hole for the brake cable "idler" on the passenger side top. its pretty difficult to get the hook into the hole with the CM in position.

  10. Utah455

    Utah455 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, my cable didn’t quite fit the first time. Had the hook in the wrong hole of the cross member (see red circle). Once I moved it, the cable all line up.

    However, I do have a question on the front cable portion spring and ferrule. (Second picture which is a screen shot of a video). My ferrule and return spring move. Is yours crimped down? Or does it move and supposed to crimp down once installed? What do/how to crimp? Post a picture of yours. I’m not sure what to do as it was a PIA to install since my body is on the frame and fenders installed. Thanks Nick!

  11. NZ GS 400

    NZ GS 400 Gold Level Contributor

    Hi Nick,
    Let me get my crossmember switched around and my cables sorted and I will post a picture.
    In the meantime, if I am not mistaken what you refer to as a return spring is on there as armor to protect the cable from abrasion, just like the springs on your brake lines.
  12. Utah455

    Utah455 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, let me know what you find out. I've been told that spring on the front cable is the return spring for the foot pedal, but I haven't been able to confirm or get a picture of someone else's front cable. Like I said, my spring and ferulle move. I wanted to see if it was crimped or moves as well. Let me know when you get yours figured out. Thanks!
  13. NZ GS 400

    NZ GS 400 Gold Level Contributor


    The ferrule that clips into the frame simply holds the cable in place. Like I said, the spring is to protect the cable. See in my pic how it covers the portion of the cable that goes over and through the crossmember? It still moves freely. The parking brake pedal is a ratcheting mechanism that puts tension on the cable. When the release handle is pulled, the gear is disengaged and tension releases. The spring on the cable has nothing to do with it. Make sense? I hope I explained it correctly.

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