Hmmm. Kyle M, I'm working on that. From looking at the original setup, I think the stud bolt with its washer and spring was inserted into the back plate and then the "muffin tin " was engaged onto the stud end on the inside of the back plate. That is when the swaging takes place. I have four marks where a punch flared out the end of the stud bolt. I'm thinking the factory had some sort of jig to hold the works together before a press may have completed the task in one stroke. Swaging it back together is difficult if you have the back plate still on the axle. So I think others have suggested brazing or tig welding it back together for a more dependable result. I have thought of making a new stud bolt by cutting off the head of a 3/8" dia. bolt, filing the shank of the stud to fit the muffin tin and weld that together on the bench. Having a threaded end attached to the muffin tin allows me to reassemble the entire brake and put a double nut with the spring and washer on the outside of the back plate later. Not original and some may cringe at the suggestion but possibly a alternate route. Basically, I don't feel skilled enough to do that tricky weld in place and under the truck. I could use a more experienced guy to set us both straight. Don't want to mess this part up! Ricster
Here are a few pictures showing the old set of adjuster pinions and a new set. Since I was lucky enough to find new hardware I'm planning on doing the swage job that originally put them together. The old set had separated long ago and the disks were sliding around inside the drum causing damage to both the drum and the disks. Ricster
Hey Ricster, I'm glad I wandered over here. We are on a similar path. I have a 48 1.5 ton with the same rear brake set up. When I pulled the stubborn right rear drum off I had parts fall out too. Broken spring, etc. I'm gonna call JC tomorrow. I saw the "DO NOT PAINT THE DRUMS" post. Hot Rod Lincoln gave me some good advice too on another post. If he's watching, what about brushing the non pad contact part with black oxide? A question to anyone. AND...Great looking truck!
"Stove Polish" that is used to treat wood burning stoves to prevent rust works on brake drums without interfering with their ability to dissipate heat. It's inexpensive, easy to apply, and one application will last quite a while. It's basically atomized carbon powder and beeswax. There's plenty of it available on Ebay. Jerry
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