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Username Post: 52 Brake Adjustment        (Topic#365560)
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Loc: Boise, ID
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06-19-21 11:38 AM - Post#2821807    

Recently i replaced all wheel cylinders on my 52 and adjusted brakes according to shop manual. "Turn screw until light uniform drag is felt. Back off 14 notches".
This seem to give too much petal movement before shoes firmly contact the drum.
For over 70 years I have adjusted brakes according to an old mechanics advice.
" Tighten brake adjustment screw until the shoes are firm against drum. Back off until a very slight resistance is felt on the high spots"
Have I been doing it wrong for all these years.
Which method works best for you.

Ron Rogers


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Loc: San Francisco Area
Reg: 12-22-07
06-19-21 12:57 PM - Post#2821811    
    In response to 52_styleline_deluxe

When I was a kid working in a gas station they taught me to adjust them just as you described you have been doing it for years. I tighten them until the wheel locks and back off a few notches until the shoes drag a bit as you rotate the wheel. I always have a nice high pedal and never have had a problem either with the customers cars back then or my own cars.

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06-19-21 01:16 PM - Post#2821812    
    In response to 52_styleline_deluxe

You didn't mention if you also adjusted the toe board clearance.

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Loc: Boise, ID
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06-19-21 02:40 PM - Post#2821815    
    In response to RAM_51

No did not adjust toe board clearance

Ron Rogers

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Loc: colonial heights va
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06-20-21 02:20 AM - Post#2821829    
    In response to 52_styleline_deluxe

I leave some drag on all four wheels. Make sure the drag is even on the front two wheels so it doesn't pull the steering when you brake. I know a lot of purist will disagree but I get very long life on my my shoes and have plenty of petal. The rear ones SHOULD self adjust when backing up. bobt


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