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Username Post: rear brake drag        (Topic#368085)
4dr 57 
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Loc: Texas Hill Country
Reg: 11-10-04
04-04-22 09:37 AM - Post#2839258    

do all these cars have a tendency to lock up on the right rear side or is something wrong?

yes, a myriad of reasons I know. The only thing i can find wrong after everything including equalizing the position of the right side e-brake cable bracket is this; when i pull down on the left side of the cable (beyond the bracket, closer to the wheel) it moves easily and returns just fine.
The right side doesn't so any of this. (new cable) as if it gets hung up or is to short or something. The backing plate pads are free of "ruts".

The e-brake cable is adjusted by the book and works fine, except on the r.r. side...the brake adjuster won't back off far enough to go to free running. no one arc's the shoes around here anymore.
I've smoked a few sets of shoes already so believe me I've checked stuff, replaced stuff, lubed with the black powder stuff, new drums, ad nausium.

So do they all do that?
Thank You.

It's all good. Mostly


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Loc: Houston, TX
Reg: 04-07-09
04-16-22 07:39 PM - Post#2839898    
    In response to 4dr 57

perhaps a weak spring is not retracting or expanding the drum shoe. Also, if I remember correctly, the front shoe is different from the rear shoe, make sure somehow you don't have 2 identical shoes mounted.
my 57 doesn't have any e brake hang up issue.

Mel Foye 
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Mel Foye
Reg: 09-29-00
04-19-22 10:33 AM - Post#2840059    
    In response to 4dr 57

Is the spring in the e brake cable where it goes into the backing plate free to pull the cable back?
Is the small round spring under the emergency lever?
Pull drum and shoes and get a bolt, pipe etc. the same dia. as the top of the shoe pivot. Put shoes, bolt and adjuster assembled in the drum. Adjuster too long?

It Was On Fire When I Laid Down.

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Reg: 05-01-22
05-01-22 08:44 PM - Post#2840565    
    In response to Mel Foye

Fought with this same issue, and it was the short brake hose that connected the chassis brake like to the rear axle lines, one they begin to fail they won’t allow the fluid to return back to the MC and cause them to drag!


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