1968 charger rear drum brake issue, help?

Brakes, Steering & Suspension

  1. Twalker

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    Guys, what am I doing wrong here? The tensioner wheel doesn’t really catch the stop bracket, just barely stops backward motion. Something seems off at the bottom.

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  2. Twalker

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    Strange … I thought I’d try the driver side and it works perfectly. Maybe I just need to mod that bracket just a little so it catches.
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    • MoparLeo

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      Make sure to put a dab of Lithium grease or similar on the backing plate pads where the shoes contact the backing plate. Also lube the threads on the star wheel adjuster.
       
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      • Thunderlugs

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        Make sure the self adjust cable is seated down on the pin on top where the springs attach. If its not, it will put a slight pull on the adjuster lock, keeping it from fully engaging the wheel.
         
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        • Big Bad Dad

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          First picture. Rotate the cable guide a little counterclockwise so it ain't holding the return spring away from the shoe. Looks like it might be binding, which could throw off alignment.
          Also, I assume you have the left hand and right hand threaded adjusters on the correct sides of the car?
           
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          • RemCharger

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            And the cable guide looks like it's poped out of the hole ,not flush to the shoe. This will pull the cable back a bit.
             
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            • Twalker

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              yep, got that covered!
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            • Twalker

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              Thanks for the help everyone! Think I’ve got it now - did two things - made sure the cable and guide were seated properly and made a slight bend and grind to the edge of the catch and all seems good now.

              thanks again
               
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