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Old 07-11-2008, 09:30 PM   #15
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I got my trailer back today from my mechanic. Apparently my entire system needed only new hydraulic fluid, bleeding and shoe adjustment. He advised the following: 1. Drum/shoes systems require manual shoe adjustment via the slot in the back of the drum. These are NOT self-adjusting. 2. The brake shoes are the same as in a 13" wheel Ford. 3. The brake cylinder looks like a VW compatible part. Apparently there is no need to spend hundreds of $$ for these parts.

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Old 09-17-2009, 09:13 PM   #16
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I had a problem with a 1925 MG that had been parked for 10 years with the emergrncy brake on. It seemed that no force on earth would free up the gizmos inside the hub and of course any application of " knock-er-loose" sprays could not be made to bear on the offending parts. I beat on the brake drum with a large hammer for long enough to wear out my arm to no effect. ( on the brakes ) then in desperatio0n I hooked up my pneumatic rivet gun and worked the drum over with that.
Almost instantly the rust began to fall out of the drum and it was turning freely in a nounce! If you don't have an air compressor and a rivet gun then I guess you just take up golf for a hobby.

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