OK, well I ordered the cable from NAPA, picked it up yesterday, and took a look at the truck today...turns out the cable is there, they just literally removed the handle for some odd reason
. What's even weirder, the handle is normally half-bolted half-riveted into the frame (the part that's riveted is around where the cable comes through the firewall...so what did they do? They cut the riveted part off of the rest of the handle, so I have two pieces where I should have one! Fortunately it looks like I can just bolt the rest of it in with no major issues, but I'm really wondering what they were trying to do. I didn't pull the cable tight yet, but so far it seems to move all right, so I have no idea what they were trying to do.
Anyway, here's a picture of the cable and what's left of the bracket still in the truck:
I played with the handle some today to try to figure out how it goes back together, and based on what I could see in the Haynes manual I came up with this:
Does this look right to you guys?
Assuming it is, I'm not sure yet how that little U-shaped bracket works...is it supposed to move, or is it supposed to be bolted down rigidly? It seems to be where the cable is tied into the handle, but I'm also not sure how the cable goes through it. I came up with two potential situations, with the cable being represented by the small machine screw in the picture:
Cable end pointing down through bracket. This seems to have the least stress on the cable, but it also doesn't seem all that secure, as the cable could just slip out the side of the bracket:
Cable end pointing up into bracket. This would place a lot more stress on the cable, as it would have to make a steep angle around the edge of the bracket, so I don't think it's likely, but it's a possibility nevertheless:
Once I get that figured out, I have to replace all the bolts involved here, including those that hold the handle to the frame. What type/grade/size bolts should I use to 1) mount the handle to the frame, and 2) hold the handle together; there are two bolts I need, one for the little bracket for the cable, and the other for the joint near the top. Any suggestions?
And finally, what kind of sensor is used for the BRAKE light, and where does it go? This handle has part of the wiring, including the connector on it, but nothing else...