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Old 06-12-2018, 05:34 PM   #1
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Angry 1928 Model A AR Brakes

I own a 1928 Model A Ford Leatherback. I'm kinda restoring it a little bit at a time. My current project is the brake system. I had the liners replaced, the Front brake pins replaced. Rear brake liners replaced along with some pins and clevis replaced. During this venture we noticed that I have a AR model due to the brake arm levers and the plate on the left side where the original e-brake arm was. Anyways, me and my mechanic just can't get the car to stop properly. I know that they are mechanical brakes and really don't stop well, but it should stop than they are. I recently noticed some play where the equalizer shift goes into brake levers. So I had the levers fixed by having them machined and drilled for a tighter fit with the equalizer shaft. Any suggestions that could help me I would accept.
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:13 PM   #2
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Correct mechanical brakes will stop extremely well when adjusted correctly, keep trying
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:25 PM   #3
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Do you think using the board between the brake pedal and seat could work?
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:32 PM   #4
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There is an "AR" in the shop I work part time, that equalizer just looks scary, are they really designed to be that sloppy? Bob
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Old 06-13-2018, 02:55 AM   #5
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I appreciate the response. My shaft was sloppy. I had brought it to a machine shop, where metal was added and drill for the persistent fit to the shaft. It's not as sloppy.

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Old 06-13-2018, 04:05 AM   #6
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Are you using the soft woven linings ?
The bonded hard modern linings don't work very well on rod brakes,

Radius the brake shoes to the inside of the drums so the whole shoe makes contact with the drum

Where are you located?
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Old 06-13-2018, 08:13 AM   #7
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There are instructions in the original Ford Dealer Service Bulletins on how to adjust this style brake system with the equalizer (and no separate parking brake system). Follow them. Reprints are available.

Mechanical brakes DO stop your car well, when done right. I can skid all 4 tires on both of my Model A's on clean dry pavement.
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Old 06-13-2018, 08:29 AM   #8
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As the old guy I worked for in high school 60 plus years ago told me..."when all else fails, read the manual". After all of these years I still go to the books when problems arise.
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Old 06-13-2018, 07:13 PM   #9
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Thanks for the comments. We were able locate and correct the problem. Apparently the rods were bent and straightened out. The brakes work fine.
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