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Old 12-14-2020, 12:00 PM   #1
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What contraptions do you guys use to put pressure on the brake peddle to adjust the brakes????
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Old 12-14-2020, 12:03 PM   #2
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A board wedged between the seat and the brake pedal unless you're trying to bleed the system, then get your wife, girlfriend, kid, best bud to help.
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I never use the brake pedal when bleeding brakes on all my vehicles including early Ford. What I do is really simple. I use air above the brake fluid in the reservoir to move the fluid once the bleeder is open. The air pressure is no more than 5 pounds. I modify the filler cap so i can add a fitting which is then connected to an air regulator. Some air is always escaping from the master cylinder however there's still plenty to move the fluid once the wheel cylinder bleeder is open. When doing this I always start at the furthest bleeder from the master {rear} ending up at the front. Works perfectly every time.
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Hi Everyone! rockfla, I didn't watch all the way, but the beginning of this video shows what we have around our shop for the task. Looks like he's fixing to make one out of a caulking tube gun and a length of rod.

How to make a pedal depressor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMIE6xCJSxc
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Old 12-14-2020, 02:07 PM   #6
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I would use a one-handed wood clamp that can be converted to a spreader clamp, such as made by Irwin or Craftsman to name a few. I assume you are trying to set the 25-35 lbs force to adjust the shoes following the procedure 19Fourdy posted recently.
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Hi Everyone! rockfla, I didn't watch all the way, but the beginning of this video shows what we have around our shop for the task. Looks like he's fixing to make one out of a caulking tube gun and a length of rod.

How to make a pedal depressor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMIE6xCJSxc

This YOUTUBE video brake depressor, if you listen to the audio, is not meant to be used for bleeding brakes but to check for brake light operation.


(a mirror on the wall would do the same thing)
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Old 12-14-2020, 03:01 PM   #8
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We're getting a little sidetracked. Rockfla was asking about during adjustment. This is (I suspect) after reading the instructions posted recently. To be honest this is a new one on me, I never thought about applying any pressure before. Can anyone say what the reasoning behind it may be?

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Helps get shoes centered while adjusting the eccentrics
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Old 12-14-2020, 04:24 PM   #11
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I would use a one-handed wood clamp that can be converted to a spreader clamp, such as made by Irwin or Craftsman to name a few. I assume you are trying to set the 25-35 lbs force to adjust the shoes following the procedure 19Fourdy posted recently.
Yes, exactly......SO a couple of good Idea's here SO the next question is how to measure the 25-30 lbs of force, I saw a "bathroom" scale mentioned BUT any other ideas??
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my daughter ..at 22 she still helps me.
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Old 12-14-2020, 09:21 PM   #13
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The range of force in the instructions is 25 - 35 lbs, so the value is not real critical. You could use the bathroom scale to calibrate yourself before using the clamp in the car.
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I had a weird dream the other night that I was helping someone to adjust hydrophilic brakes by explaining only. Someone was frantically pumping the pedal and no one was under the car at the wheel cylinder.



Don't know what it means. hahaha
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Old 12-16-2020, 07:17 AM   #15
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Looks like some of you are confusing hydraulic with mechanical brakes. I have gravity bled hydraulics quite successfully.
Adjusting mechanical brakes requires the pedal be held in a certain position for a period of time so you can see if the wheel are grabbing equally. There is a wooden adjuster for the Model A that has four positions and what your brakes should be doing at each one.
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Frank, no confusion here. The OP had asked an earlier question about the proper way to adjust the hydraulic brakes on an early Ford/Mercury. The procedure includes depressing the brake pedal with a force of 25-35 lbs to adjust the anchor pins. The procedure is in the attached link. https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=291543

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Old 12-17-2020, 08:49 AM   #17
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Thanks for the correction. I thought after that there were a few years that were not the conventional hydraulic used on millions of cars later.
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