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Old 05-15-2018, 02:45 PM   #1
TomballMottershaw
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Default Y Style Front brake floaters

attached are some instructions from an old set of front brake floaters.
anyone have experience with these?
are there any issues ?
does anyone still sell these ?

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Old 05-15-2018, 03:02 PM   #2
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Default Re: Y Style Front brake floaters

Tom, seeing you are from Tomball, there was a boatload of those things sold by Tommy Trailor to the Houston guys back in the 70s & 80s. They typically did well in the beginning however what happened on several tours is the car owner would not keep the brakes in adjustment and the silly things would go over center and lock the brake shoes tight against the drum. Once or twice I remember everyone on the tour trying to push & winch the disabled A back onto a trouble trailer with the wheel just sliding. The only way to get them unstuck was to torch a hole in the brake drum and stick a screwdriver in there to pry it back up.
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:22 PM   #3
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Default Re: Y Style Front brake floaters

Many years ago we had similar problems with them going over center and locking up. If you were lucky nobody got hurt. Usually one wheel locked up.

THe other thing I saw was when GENTLY applying brakes there was a very loud bang and wheel would lock for a very short time then release leaving black tire mark on pavement.

We thought it was related to how much the brake drums had been turned. The more they were turned the worse the lockup was.

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Old 05-15-2018, 04:51 PM   #4
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The system sold today is the way to go if you want to modify the brakes.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:28 AM   #5
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Default Re: Y Style Front brake floaters

Many thanks for the tips & History.
Glad, I stayed with the Wedges.
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