Firewall grommet in hole for emergency/parking brake

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Firewall grommet in hole for emergency/parking brake

Post by gpwmke » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:04 am

Is there supposed to be a rubber or felt grommet in the hole in the firewall where the parking/emergency brake handle and cable goes thru the firewall? I bought a grommet kit but it doesn't show a grommet going thru that hole on the back of package which explains which grommet goes in which hole. Looking at various pictures on the web and on the G some holes have grommets and some do not in the pictures. In some pics it appears when the handle is in fully released position or pushed in all the way, part of the handle end protrudes thru the hole on pics where there is no grommet installed. It would make sense not to have a grommet there since the handle end is wider then a hole in the grommet and may force the grommet out. However some pics do show a grommet in that hole when guys are restoring their jeep. Looking for input on this. There is a link about something similar here on the G but it is an old post and will not link to a picture any more. As usual all help appreciated.

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Re: Firewall grommet in hole for emergency/parking brake

Post by Bangle 99 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:07 am

No, because you’re not worried about the edges of the hole cutting anything.


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Re: Firewall grommet in hole for emergency/parking brake

Post by Ian Fawbert » Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:49 pm

According to this unrestored GPW, yes there is a felt grommet. (http://www.surfacezero.com/g503/showgal ... p?cat=3584)

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Tom Wolboldt wrote:
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Hi Ian,

Great photo essay of a 4th Contract Dallas built GPW !!!!!!

Notice the parking brake firewall felt gromment that almost everyone ( including the repop'ers ) says was not used.
To be fair, i`ve only seen 2 unrestored jeeps with this grommet, both GPW, both felt, the other from memory was later 43/early 44.

Hope this helps,
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Re: Firewall grommet in hole for emergency/parking brake

Post by gpwmke » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:59 pm

That seems to be where the problem is. Some show a grommet and some do not. Is it possible Ford used a felt grommet and Willy’s used none?

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Re: Firewall grommet in hole for emergency/parking brake

Post by GSS » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:41 pm

No evidence of grommets in my slat or 45 MBs. Thanks.
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