A Quick Overview of How to
1. Disconnect a) the pedal pull-back spring, b) brake pedal
pull rod, and c) front and rear adjustable pull rods.
2. Loosen the cross-shaft bracket nuts and set the shaft
brackets vertically by adjusting the pedal brace rod. Tighten the
cross-shaft bracket nuts.
3. Set the brake pedal against its stop and adjust pedal pull rod
to its proper length. Connect the pull rod.
4. Hook up pull back spring.
5. Adjust front pull rods to proper length and connect.
The front cables must be adjusted so that there is no slack in them.
This is done by pulling back on the rear end of the cable so that the
pull does not quite move the cam lever and then screw the rod into the
6. Adjust rear adjustable pull rods to their proper length
so that cam operating levers are against their stops. Connect pull
7. Recentralize the brake shoes: This can significantly
improve the effectiveness if the brakes have not been adjusted for quite
some time. Also, this is a mandatory adjustment when reassembling a
“new” brake system from scratch.
8. Adjust front wheel bearings to their proper tensions.
Loosen all centralizer clamp bolts making sure that they are free to
move by tapping the cam up and down lightly with a hammer.
9. Have a friend apply the brakes hard from inside the
car. Tighten up the centralizer bolts while pressure is still on the
10. Now adjust the brake shoes as needed. Raise a tire off
the ground. Turn the adjusting bolt until there is a slight wheel
drag. (or until it completely stops turning, and then back off two
turns.) Do the same for the other tire. (Note: New shoe linings
should not be fully adjusted until they have had a chance to wear in.)
11. Centralize the emergency brake shoes when you notice that the
e-brake doesn’t stop the car. Follow a similar procedure as above, but
raise both rear tires off the ground at the same time. When adjusting,
slack off on the side the pulls harder until they are equal.
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