Honestly, I'd done this sort of job when I was in high school through my 20's - but not in some 30+ years now,This was very interesting to say the least. Just to know you can still get part's in the USA made part's. Could not help but laugh when the brakes did not work but all was good thank God for that. A lot to take away from your experience. Some of the best work I have seen done is by shade tree mechanic's. That is how I learned to do a lot of stuff on cars and trucks. Now Fred has a new set of brakes and you can be happy too say you did it all by your self.
Absolutely! Got to finish this whole sideways redneck train wreck of a project, after all!Update in a month on brake shoe operation? I'm gonna need new shoes soon, before I can't get down on my knees anymore!(or get up again)
Know that feeling for sure. Need one of those self lifting creeper's. Want me one like the human hoist-tech- chair turns into creeper YouTube. Probably pricey.Update in a month on brake shoe operation? I'm gonna need new shoes soon, before I can't get down on my knees anymore!(or get up again)
First drive....what the heck, why not, it's been a good life.
I took Fred down off the ridge and just showed some blind faith that there would be some manner
of brakes when I got to the bottom - which thankfully there was, as it turned out.
Today was a fairly short loop through town on errands, then out the valley to visit Otis at his Memory Lane:
Verdict? It's early yet, but yeah a couple:
1. The shoes had some grip from the get-go, impressive given that the drums are old and lightly glazed.
2. The pedal is fair (about midway down) the first hit, then after one pump it gets rock hard and immediate.
(I wonder why?) It does this every time. Quite odd....
I'm more confident these will get even more bite-y as they cut their way into the drums, but I'm already
relieved and quite satisfied.
Speaking of which...today we took Fred to town for the usual Saturday errands and I decided it wasSo....what's up with the one-pump gets better pedal syndrome?
The master cylinder was new when I bought the car 11 years ago - and of course, Fred hasn't gone very far sinceDon't under stand why your pumping the pedal. I used Dot 5 in my new system. Manual brake's half pedal before brakes engage but stop's firmly. But every thing is new on the car. Have you replaced the master cylinder. Could have a leaky valve.
Gotta be something like that, I'd guess?I still think you got some air bubbles somewhere. Think about it; one pump and the springs pull the shoes back to original spot before ur second pump starts.