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Posted by Larry Hardesty on July 19, 2012 at 06:59:10 from (

I purchased recently a replica of a 1903 (or thereabouts) Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabout. Previous owner said transmission was from "an old lawn tractor."

Well, the brakes do not work. There is a small disc connected to the trasmission. When the brake lever is pushed a pad goes up against the disc. The pad is worn and does not connect up to the disc. Looks like the pad is either welded in, soldered in (would think heat would affect it) or JB welded in.

I cannot find any numbers on the transmission to give an idea of manufacturer or model, but it is two speed forward and one reverse (so I would think either an early or very small lawn tractor). The lever (with spring) connecting to the brake apparatus looks John Deere green, which may or may not mean anything.

Any ideas on how to make the brakes work? The pad is maybe an inch wide and inch and quarter long and curved on the top side. Are they meant to be replaceable? If so, any ideas where to get them?

Got the little Olds for chuckles and grins and for my wife to drive to the mail box (3/8 mile away on gravel road with couple of pretty good hills). With the hills it is a bit of a thrill to go down them without brakes. Engine is 6.5 horsepower Briggs and Stratton and will hold it back a bit but not much.

Thanks in advance.

Larry Hardesty


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