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Self-adjusting brakes -- put 'em back in?

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  • Self-adjusting brakes -- put 'em back in?

    I'm ready to start rebuilding the brakes on my 1950 Champion. I've got it all
    cleaned up and stripped down. When I disassembled everything, the original
    hardware for the self-adjusting brake shoes was long gone. But now that I'm
    down to a clean slate, is it worth it to try to install the self-adjusting mechanism
    on the shoes? Does it work? Does it help? Does it prevent the periodic minor
    maintenance of adjusting the brake shoe clearance?

  • #2
    FWIW--The ones from my 50 were long gone too. I put them back in (they're a no-brainer to install) and 3,500 miles later the brakes are still adjusted right and everything works well. I'd say it's really too soon for me to be sure they do everything they're supposed to but considering how long Studebaker used them I'm betting they work well.



    • #3
      Between Bob Bourke's advanced styling, and the brilliant Studebaker engineers, I'd say we've got some of the best older automobiles that existed, eh? But, I'm admittedly biased.

      1955 1/2 Ton Pickup

      Paul Simpson

      1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
      The Red-Headed Amazon
      Deep in the heart of Texas