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    I sent my brake shoes in to be relined. Originally one shoe was fully lined and the other was only partially lined. The fully lined one should match up with the larger bore on the brake cylinder and the partial should match up with the smaller bore of the cylinder.

    Unfortunitly the folks that put the pads on padded the entire brake shoe on both shoes Will this really make any differance in the braking performance? The only thing I could see happening is the smaller bore may not push as hard a the bigger bore causing the shoes to wear unevenly. But I only drive the car a hundred miles a year anyway so is it really going to matter[?]

    Jim

  • #2
    Jim; that is going to be a tough one to answer with any certainty, because I do not believe that we have any 1930's Wagner-Lockheed brake design engineers here!

    I have noticed that even on later '47-'53 Wagner-Lockheed brakes the cheap reliner's & maybe others do not have a clue how the lining length should be anymore, I have seen those also with equal length lining. They probably will work fine, just not the way they were designed to!

    StudeRich
    Studebakers Northwest
    Ferndale, WA
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
      Don't worry about it for the driving you are doing, many shoes are not relined as primary and secondaries like the factory did. The factory shoes even had thicker lining on one shoe then the other in some applications.

      JDP/Maryland
      64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
      64 GT R2
      63 Lark 2 door
      52 & 53 Starliner
      51 Commander

      JDP Maryland

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      • #4
        The new pads are strickly glued on (not rivited). How hard would it be to cut the excesss pad off? I was thinking about cutting through it width wise with a hack saw and working the blade behind the pad and free it form the shoe by cutting though the glue.

        I could clean up the exposed shoe with a wire brush on my grinder.

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        • #5
          Bulk lining was (is) supplied in rolls and was cut and tapered to fit so you should be able to trim it if you want but, I think you're going to more trouble than it's worth; even at two hundred miles a year, it will be seventy years before you sense a problem.
          "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

          Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
          '33 Rockne 10,
          '51 Commander Starlight,
          '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
          '56 Sky Hawk

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          • #6
            Those linings are BONDED onto the shoes in an autoclave! I doubt that you will be able to separate them easily, it is NOT glue! I would not try it.

            StudeRich
            Studebakers Northwest
            Ferndale, WA
            StudeRich
            Second Generation Stude Driver,
            Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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            • #7
              I think I am going to put them on and forget about it. [^]

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              • #8
                You never told us what MODEL of '38 Stude this is. I've got a couple of sets of relined shoes around here for prewar Studes. I'd look, but I'll need to know what model you're dealing with.

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                1958 Provincial wagon
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