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Old 11 Jun 2014, 08:13 pm
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Default Custom Hand Brake Cover and Release Button

I've been searching for a nice hand-(emergency) brake cover. Most say "universal fit" but are a round shape. Our PT hand brakes have kind of a square narrow shape to them and I was hesitant to by the "universal" cover and I sure did not want to cut anything to make it fit.

I saw this on E-Bay and it seemed to have the right shape and contours which would fit PT Cruisers. It was cheap so I took a chance.

Car Silver E Hand Brake Ebrake Handle Hand Break Protect Cover | eBay

I had to bolster the interior sides with trim to give it a good snug fit.

Once it was on I was unhappy with the square grey release button sticking out of the front so I made one to fit over the button.

I took a chrome bolt cover and drilled a hole on the bottom of the release button being sure to give the release mechanism enough clearance to disengage the brake when pushed in and attached the chrome bolt cover to the release button with a tiny screw.

I then took two small pieces of chrome trim and wrapped them around the bolt cover to hide the small screw using some extra 3M adhesive.
Therein,, a custom chrome brake release button.

I also filled in any visible grey areas near the release button with a chrome paint marker.

Still unhappy with the shortness of the cover, I applied some trim down the back center of the brake arm to complete the look....





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Old 11 Jun 2014, 08:38 pm
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I think all the brake handle covers are about the same length.

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Danny, nice find AND install!

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Where did u get the 8 ball shifter top?
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Old 13 Dec 2015, 03:26 pm
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Where did u get the 8 ball shifter top?

The 8-ball shifter an chrome stick were from a place that's no longer in business called Moss Motors. It all came as a direct replacement for the cobra stick and handle.
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The 8-ball shifter an chrome stick were from a place that's no longer in business called Moss Motors. It all came as a direct replacement for the cobra stick and handle.
A correction and some trivia.


Moss Motors is alive and running well. Moss has sold mostly British car parts for years. I have been an on/off dealer and even a Moss distributor at one time.

I think what you meant was when Moss branched out and sold PT Cruiser,Chevy Trucks, Ford Truck and Datsun/Nissan Z parts? There my have been a couple I have forgotten. That was about 15 years ago or so? Many parts were manufactured directly from their own in house owned machine and manufacturing facility.

The sales of most all of those other platforms proved to be slow and low selling, so eventually with slumped sales except in the British car parts Moss Motors canceled parts production and ended them. The remaining stock was sold at up to 80% off retail. None of the parts survived and what ever was left went to closeout retailers.

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Old 13 Dec 2015, 06:05 pm
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I stand corrected. They had a great catalog of PT stuff and I did my part in keeping them alive (as far as the PT) as I ordered loads of replacement parts and mods from them.

It looks like they may still have some parts left over as a quick Google search brought up this...

http://www.mossmotors.com/Shop/ViewP...eIndexID=37858

http://www.mossmotors.com/Shop/ViewP...eIndexID=40878

http://www.mossmotors.com/Shop/ViewP...eIndexID=35243
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hehe ^^ better look at your response again
Hey I'am just saying..

I was contacted as a dealer for the remaining stock closing out. They have zero left.

N/A in this case means Not Available.
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I stand corrected.
2 out of 3....

The plates actually may have even been MOSS?






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...long day at the office. Stood for 3 hours directing traffic around a pretty bad crash. Driver air-lifted to Tampa. No time to read when responding.
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