Wow, its come around quick
Got my Rover 100 Ascot in next week.
I think I will nip the handbrake up a tad, but that seems to be it.
It normaly fails on the same thing every year, it normaly fails on the hanbrake not holding the car, I usualy have to roughen up the shoes, dunno why it needs doing for the MOT everytime though, as the car only has 24,000 miles on it and the shoes are as good as new, I hope she goes throgh ok, as I love her, and in 25 years of motoring she is the most reliable car ive owned.
If it gets through ok, I will treat it to 2 part worns.
Handbrake adjustment on these is very "old school", you have to adjust the brake adjuster which has the square projection on it. If you have never done this it's likely to be seized on both sides, so make sure you have a proper brake adjusting spanner and that you take it very slowly: brush down the threads before starting, lube them (don't go mad and get anything onto the shoes of course), and then free off both by gently going back and forth.
I tend to de-adjust them (get the adjuster to come out so you can do a good job of cleaning up before you screw them back in). If you take the drum off before you start winding it in again, you can ensure the adjuster is truly free without the shoes jamming onto the drums. Then de-adjust again before refitting drums. Clean out all the dust as well (remember asbestos safety precautions!), using brake cleaner or meths: meths is cheaper and just as effective
Then adjust both sides so the wheel is locked, then go back a couple of quarter turns. You should then find the wheel is free to turn, a little drag is OK as it helps to ensure minimum number of clicks at the hand lever. Any slight drag will soon wear off, by which time you will be through the MoT.
For what it's worth, they do tend to be crap at the best of times LOL. I shouldn't mention other makes in here, but I have now got an R reg. Fiasco, and the handbrake is extremely effective, and to adjust all you have to do is take out slack in the cable at the lever.
Incidentally, if you are anywhere near East Midlands, I have some good tyres/wheels and a Haynes manual to get rid of, and will help you with the setting up if needed.