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Old 05-13-2019, 08:46 AM   #1
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Default 53 Ranchwagon self adjuster brake parts

I need the cable, guide and adjuster plate for my Ranchwagon. Not been able to locate the parts I need, but they are available for 11" truck brakes. Does anyone know if these parts would possibly fit my Ranchwagon? I have been able to locate all the other brake parts, but not this one.
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Old 05-13-2019, 09:18 AM   #2
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I need the cable, guide and adjuster plate for my Ranchwagon. Not been able to locate the parts I need, but they are available for 11" truck brakes. Does anyone know if these parts would possibly fit my Ranchwagon? I have been able to locate all the other brake parts, but not this one.
Seriously doubt that 11" components will fit 10'' applications.
Especially the cable.
Do a search for a later model Ford passenger car with 10" Bendix brakes.
The last time I needed them for my 11" Mercury brakes NAPA had the kits.
Stands to reason that they would have the kits fo the 10" brakes.
This is an example of what's available on EBAY---


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bendix-H260...pzvOO3GGXxJbyg
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I looked in a NAPA brake catalog and they don't show any Ford self adjustment
kits until 1961. Was this a later add on?


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Old 05-13-2019, 02:49 PM   #4
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The late stuff should fit. Go to a Napa store and ask to look at one of their brake hardware kits. Look at a kit for '61 or later and Ill bet it will fit your application. The V-8 Club's 52-53 Ford book does show the brakes for those years, but they are not shown as being self adjust type brakes. I suspect yours may have been converted which is easy to do on those brakes.
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I looked in a NAPA brake catalog and they don't show any Ford self adjustment
kits until 1961. Was this a later add on? Bob
I'm more familiar with the trucks, on them the self adjusters are backward compatible. For the most part the brake components are interchangeable over many years.

The F1 48-52 & F100 53-67 all use the H7144 Spring and Hardware Kit. The Adjuster kits (RH2540 & LH2541) are only listed for F100 64-76, but that is because that is when they were introduced on the new vehicles. They will fit the F1 and F100 backing plates. I would guess the same type of thing was going on in the car lines.

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I looked in a NAPA brake catalog and they don't show any Ford self adjustment
kits until 1961. Was this a later add on?


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The self adjusters are from a later model such as this NAPA kit for a '75 Granada with 10" brakes.
You have to specify (left or right, front or rear)

This is a NAPA kit--
https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/UBP80664


The kit as installed on '51 Mercury 11" brakes.

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The late stuff should fit. Go to a Napa store and ask to look at one of their brake hardware kits. Look at a kit for '61 or later and Ill bet it will fit your application. The V-8 Club's 52-53 Ford book does show the brakes for those years, but they are not shown as being self adjust type brakes. I suspect yours may have been converted which is easy to do on those brakes.
Would they have the star adjuster, and just not have the other self adjusting hardware? You just adjust it manually? As you stated mine might not have come with the self adjuster. The left rear brake assembly was totally missing, and the right side had everything but the self adjuster hardware. I just assumed it was missing because of the condition of the left side.
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Seriously doubt that 11" components will fit 10'' applications.
Especially the cable.
Do a search for a later model Ford passenger car with 10" Bendix brakes.
The last time I needed them for my 11" Mercury brakes NAPA had the kits.
Stands to reason that they would have the kits fo the 10" brakes.
This is an example of what's available on EBAY---


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bendix-H260...pzvOO3GGXxJbyg
My rear brakes are 11 x 1 3/4. Thanks for the info. I will check NAPA.
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For some reason I was thinking the self adjusting mechanism operated off the emergency brake operation, and the front brakes would only have the star adjuster..no cable. After reading the responses I gather that the front brakes would have had the same set up. My front brakes only have the star adjuster, no cables, and they are all in tact. So, maybe mine didn't come with the automatic self adjusters after all.
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My rear brakes are 11 x 1 3/4. Thanks for the info. I will check NAPA.
Suspect that 11" later pickup hardware will work.
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My rear brakes are 11 x 1 3/4. Thanks for the info. I will check NAPA.
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Suspect that 11" later pickup hardware will work.
Yes, indeed I used the self adjuster kits that fit 70's vintage pickups with 11" brakes on my '51 Mercury.
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For some reason I was thinking the self adjusting mechanism operated off the emergency brake operation, and the front brakes would only have the star adjuster..no cable. After reading the responses I gather that the front brakes would have had the same set up. My front brakes only have the star adjuster, no cables, and they are all in tact. So, maybe mine didn't come with the automatic self adjusters after all.
Doesn't much matter what it was originally, the backing plates are such that the later auto adjustors, hardware, shoes, etc are backwards compatible.
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Doesn't much matter what it was originally, the backing plates are such that the later auto adjustors, hardware, shoes, etc are backwards compatible.
The original brake assy's have the adjusting wheels to the rear on one side and to the front on the other which presents the necessity to install a new adjusting slot to the rear on one side.
All the self adjuster wheels are to the rear.
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Doesn't much matter what it was originally, the backing plates are such that the later auto adjustors, hardware, shoes, etc are backwards compatible.
I am not familiar with backwards compatible.
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Parts introduced later in time will work on earlier vehicles.
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Parts introduced later in time will work on earlier vehicles.
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The original brake assy's have the adjusting wheels to the rear on one side and to the front on the other which presents the necessity to install a new adjusting slot to the rear on one side.
All the self adjuster wheels are to the rear.
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