The cable knarp will allow me to use modern brake cables with the 1953 Raleigh brakes which do not have the cable anchor. These brakes were intended to be used with the special Raleigh brake cables that were a predetermined length, had soldered cable fittings on both ends, and all the fittings already attached, barrel adjuster etc. This is a picture showing the cable knarp fitted to the 1953 brake arm. The knarp was made from 1/4" brass rod which was turned down to fit the brake arm fitting, and drilled and tapped for a 3 x 48 set screw.
|Cutting the brake lever washers on the lathe.|
|Washer fitted to brake lever, one on each side.|
Next are some Teflon washers made for the brake arms. The 1953 brakes did not have any washers between the brake arms like the later versions. The picture below shows the latter type (top of picture) brake arm bushing and and red plastic washer the sits between the brake arms. The lower bushing is from the 1953 brake, the white washer (Teflon) is what I made to replicate the washer found on the latter brakes. I do not know if it is necessary but seem like a good idea to reduce the metal on metal contact. The brakes do not feel as notchy when using it.
I've notice a significant improvement in how the brakes feel with these extra parts, only when I get it back on the road will I know for sure.