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How to Remove the Brake Handle on a 1965 Ford Mustang

The 1965 Ford Mustang came equipped with a mechanical parking brake that locked the driver's-side brake when activated. Unlike later Mustangs, which had the driver apply the brake with a foot pedal, the '65 Mustang instead featured a parking brake handle. With repeated use, the handle tends to bend and the handle's rubber covering cracks. Fortunately, removing the old handle to replace it takes only a few minutes.

Tools Used: Hex wrench

Remove Brake Handle

Park the Mustang on a flat surface and, if equipped with the automatic transmission, place the transmission in the "Park" position.

Apply the parking brake by pulling up and back on the handle.

Remove the set screw from the base of the underside of the handle by rotating it in a counterclockwise direction with a hex wrench.

Rotate the handle clockwise while pulling it until it detaches from its rod.

Tips & Warnings

Do not rotate the handle counterclockwise, which could cause the parking brake to disengage.

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