Rear Drum Brakes

In Brakes, In the Garage by George3 Comments

When I took on this project in 2014 I pictured myself assembling factory new parts in a lab like environment and everything worked just as it did in 1970. Reality rarely meets fantasy; it takes time and effort to achieve fantasies.

Some of the brake hardware has been purchased over 2 years ago and the rest has just sat around waiting for its restoration. The biggest time waster is finding myself short of a nut or something trivial that needs to be plated which has a month turnaround. Even simple things like painting parts properly has to be executed with precision planning around my family and work.

As the 5 year milestone of my project passed though, that fantasy has finally began to bear fruit. The sheer joy of the assembly has raised my spirits and enthusiasm.


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  2. amazing work as always. Just wondering, I’ve seen a few people do the yellow zinc on the stub axles and companion flanges and I really love the look. does it interfere with the mating surfaces? bearing seats, splines etc?

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      The plating is very thin and all the mating surfaces were gently rubbed down with steel wool. I didn’t experiance any issues with mine thankfully. The only concern I’ve ever had with plating stuff is when reading about hydrogen embrittlement and the very high tensile bolts. I did replace some of my critical ones in the end.

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