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Re: Brakes - can this be done?

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Richard L

11-26-2013 12:13:29

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This is an intriguing idea. First off you say you relined the brakes. Have you tried to tighten them up more. I have seen some brakes on a TO 30 that were so tight I wondered why that owner never had problems of being to tight but he said never had any trouble. Maybe he never drove it a lot all at once but the brakes would stop most any load I think he could have pulled. I would try tightening them up more to save a lot of extra work.

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11-27-2013 07:21:49

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 Re: Brakes - can this be done? in reply to Richard L, 11-26-2013 12:13:29  
Have you pulled the drums off and taken a look at what is going on in there? Now that they have been run in, take a look at the wear patterns on the shoes. Possibly they are not the correct thickness, causing only the ends or middle to contact the drum. Back in the day... some shops offered "arc grinding" of the shoes to correct this. Good luck finding a shop that still does that though. Maybe block sand them with 50 grit till they fit better. While the drums are off, take a look at the cam and linkage, make sure nothing is binding or interfering with the linkage or pedal, look for residual oil to have gotten back on the shoes... Just some ideas.

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Don Hooks

11-27-2013 08:10:17

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 Re: Brakes - can this be done? in reply to Steve@Advance, 11-27-2013 07:21:49  
Thank you all for the replies and suggestions. I had gotten a little too focused on an exotic fix and hadn"t considered further options with the original set-up. I believe the issue - whatever it is - affects both wheels equally because she stops straight. I will pull a wheel in the next couple of weeks and assess the condition of the shoes and drum and go from there. I will post a summary of what it takes to optimize the system.


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