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Username Post: Brake Shoe recommendation        (Topic#361713)
apix17 
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Loc: San Francisco Area
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07-09-20 12:28 PM - Post#2798280    

I am going to install new front brake shoes on my 55 Belair. Car is pretty much stock except about 250 HP small block, no power brakes. I am asking for recommendations for shoes that you may have had good results with. I am particularly interested in stopping power and brake fade. Thanks for your comments.



 


Beltfed 
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07-09-20 02:27 PM - Post#2798290    
    In response to apix17

I put ceramic shoes on my hot rods which have way more than 250hp. You can’t get the good stuff anymore (asbestos). Find a shop that can contour your shoes to your drums (important). Lastly, adjust your brake pedal for around one inch of free play.
You really need to think about a two pot m/c. It’s not much work to modify your system and I think few would give you grief about enhancing your safety. If your adamant about originally, then keep a close watch on your ‘fruit jar’. Lose a line and lose it all.



 
Ray P W 
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07-09-20 08:23 PM - Post#2798317    
    In response to Beltfed

"You can’t get the good stuff anymore (asbestos)."

Beltfed,

I found asbestos pads and shoes for both my '78 El Camino and my '32 Ford roadster street rod. The roadster had GM "Metric" calipers working with Aspen/Volare rotors and the rear axle is an 8" Ford with 10" drums.

The asbestos is still abundant on Ebay.

The roadster brakes do not have a booster but replacing the "organic" friction with asbestos friction was like adding a booster. I was amazed.

Asbestos is like R12 refrigerant, legal to own, buy and sell, just not legal to manufacture.

Ray W



 
Beltfed 
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07-10-20 01:08 PM - Post#2798356    
    In response to Ray P W

Thanks for the ‘heads up’. I’ll be trolling eBay for shoes.



 
Ray P W 
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07-11-20 10:07 AM - Post#2798430    
    In response to Beltfed

You're very welcome Beltfed. One other thing that really helps drum brakes is having the shoes "arc ground" so that the contour of the shoe exactly matches the drum ID, giving full shoe contact immediately rather than having to wait 1000s of miles for shoe wear to do the job.

I believe arc grinding is banned for safety reasons (dust hazard) in some places but plenty of brake shops still have the arc grinding machines and will arc grind shoes for their customers whom they trust to keep quiet about it. Don't ask me how I know.

Ray W



 
Beltfed 
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07-12-20 02:13 PM - Post#2798536    
    In response to Ray P W

I believe it’s ok in my state. I have had it done at one of the old shops. If he does find asbestos shoes, he might tell the mechanic to wear a mask.



 
apix17 
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Loc: San Francisco Area
Reg: 12-22-07
07-13-20 07:13 PM - Post#2798629    
    In response to apix17

Thanks to all of you for your very helpful input.
I have decided to try a set of front shoes with a ceramic compound. I was able to purchase them from Muscle Car Brakes. They are a little pricey at about $125. for just the front shoes but if they are effective well worth the money to me. Thanks again.



 


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