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Old 04-29-2019, 06:27 PM   #1
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Default Brake Shoe Arching LA/San Fernando Valley

I had my shoes relined by Valley Friction in North Hollywood. But due to Haz Mat laws they can't arch them. Is the anyone in the San Fernando Valley or Los Angeles area who has a arching grinder?
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If they measured for the correct linings / thickness then you shouldn't have to.
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These guys are good and did my work 40+ years ago. Delmers precision brake in Santa Monica. Maybe they could help you out.
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:17 PM   #4
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These guys are good and did my work 40+ years ago. Delmers precision brake in Santa Monica. Maybe they could help you out.
I remember Delmer's from my days living in Santa Monica. It's hard to believe that they are still business 60 years later.
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They are craiglist and such from time to time. Delco units. Maybe get one and be the goto guy in that area??? Picked up a barrett drum cutter for about 200$. 1.75" chuck. Not that anyone would send you 4 drums across country .
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I remember Delmer's from my days living in Santa Monica. It's hard to believe that they are still business 60 years later.
I like to use shops that were around when our cars were young.
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Are they still in business?
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Lacy at the Early V8 Garage in West Covina 855 268 0325
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I just did mine myself using a table belt sander, I took them slowly down until the drum would fit over the shoes, then laid a piece of sandpaper in the drum and sanded the shoe by turning it back and forth until I had a smooth arced surface.
I had the same problem finding someone that offers the service, the brakes work fine.
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Lacy at the Early V8 Garage in West Covina 855 268 0325
I was going to suggest this as well.
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I just did mine myself using a table belt sander, I took them slowly down until the drum would fit over the shoes, then laid a piece of sandpaper in the drum and sanded the shoe by turning it back and forth until I had a smooth arced surface.
I had the same problem finding someone that offers the service, the brakes work fine.
Too bad you were breathing that dust.
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Lacy at the Early V8 Garage in West Covina 855 268 0325
I haven't heard of this shop. Thank you.
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Too bad you were breathing that dust.
They make these things called dust masks.
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the epa thinks you will die looking at dust from across the street
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TrucParCo in Anaheim turned the drums and arced the shoes to match on my tonner. This was back in 2005. http://truckandautosupply.com/
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I installed a set of Boling Brothers "Lincoln" brakes on the '46 last year, and was disappointed with the performance of the brakes. I pulled the drums after several hundred miles, and saw that the contact area of each shoe was only about 50-60% of the lining length. Old school brake shops are not easy to find to have the shoes arced, so like Sod Buster, I measured and sanded the high spots to get a better contact pattern. I was surprised at the variance in the thickness of the lining material, and they were certainly not arced to fit a 12" drum. So far, the brake effort has improved, but I will pull the drums again at a later date to see how successful my job was.
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Old 05-01-2019, 05:54 AM   #17
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I forgot to include the second picture.
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Old 05-01-2019, 06:58 AM   #18
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I just learned this trick. Get a drum that's maybe over .060" and have it turned. Whiz wheel the mounting face off so you just have a ring. You can use the ring to help you gauge contact with the shoes. Give you a could visual of what's going on with the brakes.
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Old 05-01-2019, 12:32 PM   #19
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Sadly Delmers Precision Brakes phone is disconnected.
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51Woodie's second photo.
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