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Old 10-01-2019, 07:38 AM   #1
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Default Brake shoe interchange

Is there a way to use early 1940 style brake shoes with the postwar backing plates?
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Old 10-01-2019, 09:55 AM   #2
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To my knowledge they should work with the later backing plate.
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Old 10-01-2019, 10:07 AM   #3
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I think it would depend if the bushing that goes in the bottom hole for the later shoe will fit the earlier shoe with the round hole since the later shoe has the hole with 2 flats. You probably know the earlier backing plate has adjustable lower pivot and the later backing plate is fixed.
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Old 10-01-2019, 10:45 AM   #4
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I think it would depend if the bushing that goes in the bottom hole for the later shoe will fit the earlier shoe with the round hole since the later shoe has the hole with 2 flats. You probably know the earlier backing plate has adjustable lower pivot and the later backing plate is fixed.
That was my thought also, if the bushing with the two flats fits into the earlier shoe it would be fine but I'm not sure if they are the same size. The only parts I have loose are post war style.
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Is there a way to use early 1940 style brake shoes with the postwar backing plates?
No.
Post war have a circular "washer" at the bottom of the shoe. Earlier design has a flat sided "washer".
In other words, later shoes with later plates...
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Old 10-01-2019, 05:37 PM   #6
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Hmmm, I guess I have it in my mind backwards! Not the first time!
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Old 10-01-2019, 05:51 PM   #7
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I think that back in the day, some manufacturer supplied shoes that would fit both applications by using spacers and special washers etc. It was a long time ago, but it seems logical the the brake shoe suppliers would do this before these became "specialty" items.
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They are not interchangeable, either way, not one way but not the other. If that makes sense.

The distance between the pivot points at the bottom of the backplate is different. It is easier to get the correct parts than try and make the wrong parts fit.

That's my take on it, anyway.

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