Fitting Brake Lining

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Fitting Brake Lining

Post by MochetVelo » Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:54 am

The old shops used a "radius grinder" to get brake linings to match the drum. One trick I read on the AACA Forums:

I got the arc on my brake shoes to match the drum by getting a roll of sticky back sandpaper from my local hardware store and cut a length of it to match the inside circumference of the drum, stuck it in the drum and then placed the shoes for that drum inside and rubbed them back and forth until the magic marker cross hatches I put on the shoes were gone. You want a pretty close match on the diameter, so if the store has more than one type of sticky back sandpaper go with the thinnest (I took my calipers to the store to measure).


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Re: Fitting Brake Lining

Post by alsfarms » Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:23 am

Nice tip Phil. I suppose that many of us down play brakes on our slow moving automobiles. However, we should all make a goal to make the best brakes we can on our antique automobiles and your "Tip" is a very good idea.

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