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Old 5th-May-2010, 09:05 AM   #1
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Rear drum brake installation thread

I'm starting a thread here to post some step by step pics for installing the rear drum brake hardware. I have been chatting with Gary427 and he has offered me some good advice. I figure a thread for all to see would be a good idea.

For starters, here are my backing plates with cylinders all ready to go...I added some grease at the contact points.



Here are my parts all laid out for the left side. I'll open the bag for the other side after this side is done.



I have my parking brake cables all cleaned and freshly painted but soon realized that I was missing both of my parking brake levers. I dug thru some boxes and found one. I found some for sale at inline tube for $13.50 each. I have seen some other places sell them for upwards of $25.00. If someone can clarify which side I have, I will only order the one I need.



That's where I'm at for now. I need to order the other brake lever and also a couple of shoe retainers and then we'll be ready for assembly. Per Gary's advice, I lightly chamfered the edges of my shoes which will help with the initial shoe seating.
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Here's a cool reference pic of a pre-assembled kit available. I think its expensive though, but good reference....

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I'm starting a thread here to post some step by step pics for installing the rear drum brake hardware. I have been chatting with Gary427 and he has offered me some good advice. I figure a thread for all to see would be a good idea.

For starters, here are my backing plates with cylinders all ready to go...I added some grease at the contact points.



Here are my parts all laid out for the left side. I'll open the bag for the other side after this side is done.



I have my parking brake cables all cleaned and freshly painted but soon realized that I was missing both of my parking brake levers. I dug thru some boxes and found one. I found some for sale at inline tube for $13.50 each. I have seen some other places sell them for upwards of $25.00. If someone can clarify which side I have, I will only order the one I need.



That's where I'm at for now. I need to order the other brake lever and also a couple of shoe retainers and then we'll be ready for assembly. Per Gary's advice, I lightly chamfered the edges of my shoes which will help with the initial shoe seating.

Hi Jay. On picture one,wipe off the grease where the hold downs go. Put a small amount of grease on the six raised areas where the steel foundation of the shoe contact the backing plate( use a acid brush for plumbing) so it's not to much. The E brake arm you have is drivers side(left) you can install it.
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Almost ready for install. Painted my left side brake lever. Just ordered the balance of components that i need from Inline Tube.

If anyone else wants to contribute, please do. My only hopes were that this thread could read chronologically, kind of step by step. So.....If anyone has some assembly underway, please contribute.
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Received my parts from Inline already. I have everything I need. Hopefully. I am trying to figure out what spring goes on that lever bar. My pics show a yellow but I think the yellow and green springs are for the pin hold downs. Does it look like I am missing two springs?

Will add grease to the 6 surface spots on each backing plate.

Whats next?????
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Ha Jay, I don't see all the springs to do both sides. Lay out where you think all the brake parts should go for the left side only, and we will together make any correction if need be. Take new photo and post. Gary
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I think I am missing two e brake springs. I'll organize all the parts and post a pic.

Got a bit sidetracked the last week. Turned the big 4-0 and my wife threw me an amazing surprise party.
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Brakes can wait, Enjoy your surprise, Happy 40th I wish I could say that again Gary
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Thanks Gary. Looks like I am ready to go. I think I have everything I need. here is the setup...Left side, primary shoe on the left orients forward.







Does this boot go into or against the hole on the backing plate?



Perhaps you could help me get all the parts oriented correctly and then we can start assembly procedures.
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Thanks Gary. Looks like I am ready to go. I think I have everything I need. here is the setup...Left side, primary shoe on the left orients forward.







Does this boot go into or against the hole on the backing plate?



Perhaps you could help me get all the parts oriented correctly and then we can start assembly procedures.
I myself have never seen a boot on a old school brake cable. I think by your pictures, the red spring is your lower one to go across the self adjuster for the left side. Set the adjuster aside,hook the red spring to the holes at the bottom of the shoes with the long part of the spring to rise over the adjuster. Now take the lubed adjuster, slide it into primary (front) move your secondary (rear long lining) in so you can load the other end of the adjuster. Pull it back and you should have a assembly that you can lay on the board for your next picture. Need to have all e brake assembly done before we can proceed. Gary
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Does your front cable have a 'boot' at the firewall location? If not, and you only have a single boot in your kit, that's where it goes.
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Does your front cable have a 'boot' at the firewall location? If not, and you only have a single boot in your kit, that's where it goes.
Found an archive pic which shows the boot on the front cable. thanks.
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Ok, I am at the next step. Here is where I am at. Please let me know if this looks correct and what the next step will be.



left side w/ red spring:


right side with white spring (only extra loose spring I found in the kit):


Assembled these pieces and curious if I have the springs installed correctly. I would expect them to be a complete mirror image, though you can see the upper spring hook is oriented the same on each.......



Brake parts ready to go....

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All looks good Jay. Now take a small pair of channel locks and slightly squeeze the hook of the lower springs and the hook of the self adjuster arms on the bench, it's much easier, and try to make a (U) around their mounting areas,not to squeeze together (text book stuff). Get your E brake cables and arms installed and we will be rocking . Gary
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My notes on drum brake install. Some basics and some tips from my experiences.

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