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self adjusting brakes on my '52 Commander

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  • #16
    Also remember the self adjusters adjusted the forward shoe, the rear shoe needed to be adjusted manually. I had a set of "Roller Cams", like Hallabut described' and put them on in place of the self adjusters and they worked fine. I also had a machine shop make up a few sets that I have used on '51-52's over the years.


    • #17
      Wow ... There's a lot of info here .... My 49 Champion coupe left rear brake started to lock up. Removed rear drum per manual, and every thing looks per as discribed in the manual. The brakes are new, per previous owner. The pin is recessed a small amount below the new lining and is not touching the drum. Could this cause preadjustment?
      I initially thought the brake had been manually adjusted wrong at the lining install, but now after reading the comments, I'm not sure.
      Thanks for the info and your comments.


      • #18
        Locking up is often associated with leaking wheel cylinders, or dirt/crud on the shoe.
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