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Going to try a 8n brake job. Advice before ordering par

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ridgeandvalley

06-30-2020 07:38:06




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My front distributer 8n went from "weak brakes" to "no brakes" over the last 1/2 year or so, and I plan on getting them into working shape again. I have a copy of the Steiner Tractor video about Ford brakes. I know ideally, it would be best to pull the tires and see what's good and what's bad and then order necessary parts, but I would rather have the common parts on hand when I pull the tires so that I can try and get the job done rather than waiting for parts delivery. Right now I have a shopping cart on Dennis Carpenter with new brake shoes, a brake repair kit (all the springs, etc...) for each tire, and a couple of rear axle housing oil seals. Before I place the order, is there anything else that I'm missing and should order now (specific gaskets, etc..) that could slow down the process once I start to dig in?
Also, other than the video I mentioned, does anyone have any other good resources (YouTube videos, websites, etc...) that are especially helpful for someone who hasn't done any brake work before? Thanks in advance for your help and advice.

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John in Mich

07-01-2020 19:26:24




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 Re: Going to try a 8n brake job. Advice before ordering par in reply to ridgeandvalley, 06-30-2020 07:38:06  
I have done a couple of 8N brake replacements. I try to think how it would be done in a mass production environment. I'm sure the brake shoes and assorted hardware were done offline with fixtures and then bolted to the axle housing as an assembly. With that in mind, I clamp the back plate in my vice, assemble the shoes with the springs, hook the springs in place and THEN put the shoes onto the back plate. Try it. (hopefully that is clear as mud)

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Jimmyjack

07-01-2020 09:17:24




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 Re: Going to try a 8n brake job. Advice before ordering par in reply to ridgeandvalley, 06-30-2020 07:38:06  
I think you are yanking my chain, I didnt know any Ns had brakes?



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Kid Shileen

07-01-2020 11:14:17




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 Re: Going to try a 8n brake job. Advice before ordering par in reply to Jimmyjack, 07-01-2020 09:17:24  
Theses things have brakes?



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ASEguy

07-01-2020 04:15:10




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 Re: Going to try a 8n brake job. Advice before ordering par in reply to ridgeandvalley, 06-30-2020 07:38:06  
If you haven't done brakes before, make sure you get return spring pliers and a hold-down spring tool. They can usually be acquired as a pair locally and the type is dependent on preference. I like my Lisle, better leverage. If you don't buy the pliers, you'll probably wish you did when you start.



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Jim L WA

06-30-2020 12:01:01




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 Re: Going to try a 8n brake job. Advice before ordering par in reply to ridgeandvalley, 06-30-2020 07:38:06  
You might need some extra gaskets to use as shims to adjust the axle bearings after replacing the seals. Other than that, take a photo of the brake assembly before taking it apart. The right and left sides are a little different. The right side uses only one retracting spring where the left side uses two and the larger shoe is on the top on one side and on the bottom on the other side. Good luck and let us know how it went.

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wore out

06-30-2020 09:24:15




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 Re: Going to try a 8n brake job. Advice before ordering par in reply to ridgeandvalley, 06-30-2020 07:38:06  
Have you adjusted the brakes?

Are the rakes oily?



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