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Old 08-25-2019, 06:35 PM   #1
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Default 1931 Wheel Bearings and Brakes

Yesterday, I was planning to repack the wheel bearings, and I couldn’t remove the drum because (I think) the brake shoes where hanging on the drum. I was afraid to loosen the brakes (because I’m a first time A owner, and I didn’t want to open Pandora’s Box and have to readjust the brakes.)

The outside bearing came out okay, and I repacked it before giving up on the inside bearing.

Is it “normal” for the brake shoes to make drum removal difficult?


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Old 08-25-2019, 07:03 PM   #2
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yes. Back them off. The rim can get enough wear to hold the shoes hostage.
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Old 08-25-2019, 07:16 PM   #3
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A couple of CCW clicks on the adjusting studs should retract the shoes enough for easy removal of the drum. Fear not - just jump in after a little homework !
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Old 08-25-2019, 07:50 PM   #4
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Thanks. I’ve read about Brake adjustment, and it sounds complicated. Can “mere mortals” do this without fowling it up?


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When you back off the adjuster count the clicks and write it down. When you put them back on tighten that many clicks.
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A couple of CCW clicks on the adjusting studs should retract the shoes enough for easy removal of the drum. Fear not - just jump in after a little homework !


I just saw your post. If I count the clicks, can reverse the clicks the same amount and have roughly the same braking as before I “messed” with the brakes? Or, is it a “start from scratch” adjustment experience that I’m in for?


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When you back off the adjuster count the clicks and write it down. When you put them back on tighten that many clicks.


Thanks! That sounds like I stand a fair chance of not messing this up.


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Shew,
You will probably need to do a total brake adjustment. Would recommend the "board" method. Might find the following helpful. Good Luck

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMizfaKHXVQ
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Old 08-25-2019, 08:51 PM   #9
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Thanks for the video. The previous owner sent a board with the car.


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You have the "Andrews red book" right?
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Thanks! That sounds like I stand a fair chance of not messing this up.


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As stated before, just counts the clicks and you will be fine.


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Old 08-26-2019, 04:24 AM   #12
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Yes, I do have the red book, and I recall reading about brake adjustment several weeks before I purchased the car (and it sounded complicated, at least to someone who has never adjusted Model A brakes before). However, I couldn’t find what I needed in the book when I had the wheel off the car, and I didn’t want to end up with a snowball of repairs that would keep me from driving the car for an extended amount of time. (Wow, I underestimated how folks tend to react to these old cars when you drive them. Kid especially seem to enjoy seeing them and hearing the horn. I took the car to church on Sunday, and we had a “meeting” in the parking lot after the meeting inside. It was hilarious.)

Thanks for the feedback. I plan to start by counting the clicks the next time I get an opportunity to work on the car. If reversing the number of clicks doesn’t leave me with good stopping power, I plan to do a deeper dive on brake adjustment.


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