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showbizkid
03-17-2007, 09:55 PM
Finally got time today to get my rear emergency brake cable in. Some PO cut the cable just ahead of the frame retainers, and removed all the equalizer hardware. It just wasn't there!

But as I cursed that PO, I had to bless some (presumably) other PO, because when I took off the wheel, look what I found:

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q26/clarknovak/emergency%20brake/DSCN0634.jpg

That's right - the drums are separate from the hub! Someone had 'em popped apart and put in new studs. I was all ready to have to pull the hub assembly, and didn't need to after all!

But the time I saved pulling hubs was eaten up by something else. Maybe most of you already knew about this, but the cast cable ends on the new cables are not the same as the old ones, and had to be ground to fit the stock retainer plate.

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q26/clarknovak/emergency%20brake/DSCN0641.jpg

Contrast the one on the left (unground) with the one on the right (ground). I had to use my handy Dremel tool to remove that ridge so that the retainer brackets could - well, retain them.

Other than that small setback, it went well. The car's still sitting covered in the driveway, but at least now it doesn't have bricks behind all 4 wheels! :D[:I][|)]


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
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Roscomacaw
03-17-2007, 09:59 PM
COOL![:p]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

StudeRich
03-18-2007, 02:22 AM
Looks like the same bozo that ruined the brake cables broke the original drums to bits and then just dropped new ones on the studs or modified the studs to slip fit on them, certainly NOT correct. A few people have tried running them like that, but I never heard if they could be balanced, square or properly centered that way! Looks pretty "Mickey Mouse" to me!

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

N8N
03-18-2007, 06:58 AM
It all depends on the shoulder of the studs used and the diameter of the holes in the drums... and I can't tell from the pics whether it'll work OK or not. I guess if it doesn't pulsate when braking it is OK!

I don't understand why Stude didn't put a ridge in the hub to center the drum like most flanged axles... seems better than using the lug studs. But I guess that was designed years and years ago so no sense worrying about it now!

nate

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55 Commander Starlight
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Rerun
03-18-2007, 08:44 AM
quote:Looks like the same bozo that ruined the brake cables broke the original drums to bits and then just dropped new ones on the studs or modified the studs to slip fit on them, certainly NOT correct. A few people have tried running them like that, but I never heard if they could be balanced, square or properly centered that way! Looks pretty "Mickey Mouse" to me!


The rear drums on my Daytona were "removable" when I bought it in 1984. They're still that way and I've never had any problems. It certainly makes access to the brakes a lot easier!

Jim Bradley
'64 Daytona HT "Rerun"
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len
03-18-2007, 09:17 AM
My 55 has had removable drums for quite a few yesrs never been a problem.

Studenut
03-18-2007, 04:20 PM
I have a '55 Commander C or K frame/chassis with rebuilt brakes and front end that is now under my '53 Champion coupe. (Object: bigger brakes and it wasn't rusted so badly that I didn't dare try to use the original in the restoration. I haven't had it on the road yet, but even though the rear brake drums come off easily when the lug nuts are taken off, they seem to be very solid when put on the axle.

Jerry Buck
Racine, Wisconsin
'53 Champion Coupe - C (owned since 1956)
'61 Lark VI Convertible