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Dick Steinkamp
07-16-2007, 11:37 PM
Try any number of Studebaker parts vendors

List is here...

http://www.studebakervendors.com/

Studebaker International and SASCO are the biggest, but plenty of the others listed will have the brake parts you need. Far better than chasing parts from folks that don't have a clue what you need.

The brake shoes are probably the least of your worries. Get new wheel cylinders and master cylinder, and flex lines. Check your hard lines. Make sure your mechanic uses the special puller for the rear drums. He will ruin the drums otherwise. It will look like this...

http://www.merc583.addr.com/mopar/p15jpeg/reference_photos/puller.jpg

http://thenobot.org/images/s2d/s2d_01.jpg

JDP
07-16-2007, 11:39 PM
The fronts are pretty much unique to Studebaker and only available from Studebaker vendors.

JDP/Maryland
64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
64 GT R2
63 GT R2
63 Lark 2 door
59 3E truck
58 Starlight
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander

psycho_666
07-17-2007, 12:11 AM
1955 studebaker commander
v8

so we hoisted her up today and took off the front tires after i ordered new shoes to put on. to our dismay, we find out that the front brakes are the wrong size i had ordered. we weren't able to get to the back wheel to see if the shoes were the same size as i had purchased.
so....
i called one shop and they didn't have the part number to special order the shoe for me.
does anyone know what size the front shoes are? i've been looking online extensively and haven't found much.
rockauto seems like they have something, but it's only ONE. and it looks like the same one i purchased. but only (hopefully) fits on the back brake

help!!
lau

psycho_666
07-17-2007, 12:44 AM
well...i'm not taking my car in to have someone else do this...i'm trying to learn with the help of other people.
but we did use one of those today...tried at least. it was a tad too small.
thanx for the link.

tomnoller
07-17-2007, 11:03 AM
You can always take old shoes to most auto parts stores and the ones with machine shops can re-skin them. Also you can find a machine shop or brake & clutch shop for same.
It's always more important for a car to stop than go, so replace the wheel cylinders, flex hoses (3) and I'd even recommend replacing the steel lines, too. After 50+ years, they're tired and if the car's been in a salty winter climate, probably corroded in places.

Western Washington, USA