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Re: One ton versus 3/4 ton rear brake springs
Justhorsenround #1396098 Sat Feb 06 2021 08:46 PM
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Right on! When I was installing the brake shoes and putting in the lower pivot pin and clip washer, the shoes kept flopping around. So the rachet strap did the trick and by keeping it near the outside edge it enabled me to reinstall the wheel cylinder and have everything in place for the spring endeavor coming up!
Jerry did it again and I am so grateful for the all thread and drilled washer suggestion. Instead of pulling and shaking like a Boy Scout at his first visit to the archery range I was able to prestretch and insert the washers. I put in the washers alternating their position so I could easily remove them later. Once released from the jig I was able to hook the spring into the forward shoe and with a gentle pull and some wiggling the spring found its home. Kind of wish the hole was a slot since it makes it difficult to work the hook all the way into the hole. However, not having to struggle with the pull made it a simple task.
The brake I have does not have the spring keepers and spring studs. Just a hole in each shoe. I was also able to find and replace all four adjuster pinions and placed a small line of anti seize behind them before swaging in place. Adjusting with a 5/8 " wrench is wonderfully easy compared to the frozen and dismembered originals that I found. I'm posting some pictures to help illustrate.
Thanks again to everyone for your suggestions. There is a lot of wisdom out there to make up for what is missing in my shop!
Ricster

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Re: One ton versus 3/4 ton rear brake springs
Ricster #1396099 Sat Feb 06 2021 08:52 PM
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While I was prestretching the spring I thought, if this doesn't have a name,it might be called the catapiller technique.

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Re: One ton versus 3/4 ton rear brake springs
Ricster #1396123 Sat Feb 06 2021 11:14 PM
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'Bolter
"I love it when a plan comes together!" smile I figured that trick out when I was trying to install a kickstand return spring on my Harley. There was just no way to pull hard enough to install it without the bike trying to tip over on top of me. I've been under a Honda Gold wing at 60 MPH- - - - -there's no way I want to be in that position again, even with the bike standing still!
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: One ton versus 3/4 ton rear brake springs
Ricster #1396159 Sun Feb 07 2021 02:56 AM
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Posts: 3,234
"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
Ah! A picture is worth a thousand words! Jerry had the hot tip! Carry on.

Re: One ton versus 3/4 ton rear brake springs
Ricster #1396196 Sun Feb 07 2021 03:04 PM
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'Bolter
The same procedure works when stretching hood springs. Those things are strong enough to inflict some serious injuries if one gets away from the installer when they're stretched out and "almost" in position! I've also modified a big C clamp into a spring stretcher but for fairly weak springs the all thread is quicker and just as effective.
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: One ton versus 3/4 ton rear brake springs
Ricster #1396490 Tue Feb 09 2021 03:07 AM
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The springs on my 1 ton go from the top of the front shoe to the top of the rear shoe.


1951 GMC 1 Ton Flatbed -- It is finally on the road and what a great time I have driving it!
1951 1 Ton Completed


My Chevy Master 4 Door is on the Road!
Re: One ton versus 3/4 ton rear brake springs
truckernix #1396962 Fri Feb 12 2021 05:35 PM
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This is AWESOME! I'm coming up on this scenario very soon. I know I scared the whole neighborhood with my "enthusiasm" when I took the springs off. Actually only had to deal with one as the other was broken. Thanks for the pro tip and the photo montage.

Re: One ton versus 3/4 ton rear brake springs
Ricster #1397090 Sat Feb 13 2021 03:04 PM
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Thank you Jerry for this idea. And thanks to Ric for the pictures. You are an old dog if you can't learn new tricks and I think I just learned something!
Kent


1937 Chevy 1/2 ton
1942 Chevy 1/2 ton
1947 Diamond T Model 509
1951 Chevy 1/2 ton
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