Does anyone have a setup and adjustment instructions that they could email me.
Directions suppplied by Snyders on their website:
Thank you. I am installing the slider on a set that is installed and wanted to make sure the brakes are setup correctly.
I just bought a set of Rockies for my newly bought large drum Ruckstell axle. A very knowledgeable Model T buddy of mine mentioned that these come with hard modern lining rather than the soft woven lining normally used on antique car rear brakes. Some years ago I put a set of the soft linings on a 1926 Hudson and it is now a very powerful stopper.
Opinions? Will the hard linings supplied work OK? Could braking action be improved by going to the softer linings?
Mark, I bought a slider with my brakes. I found it to be severely under engineered to the point of being dangerous. I threw mine away and designed a much better unit. (/see Photos below)
RM uses a piece of thin all thread to connect the two parts of the slider together. They forgot that all the force on that part is compression and the part is only strong in tension. If you ever have to really stomp on the brake that thing will likely fold up causing the brakes to fail.
I urge you to consider discarding that part and making a stronger replacement. Some people have strengthened it by loading the free length of the all thread with nuts, I think using a threaded collar cut to length is better. But I think a completely redesigned part is the best solution.
Hand brake set: Hand brake released:
Terry - would a long sleeve nut work to reinforce this shaft? I don't know how long they come but one long enough to stiffen the center might just do the trick mebbee with jam nuts to keep it in place.
Vintage Paul, new set of Rockies in the box waiting for the Ruckstell that they will go on . . .
That is what I meant by a "threaded collar". It would definitely be an improvement on the RM design. But for your safety you would do much better to design some sort of unit which is much stronger, my design is one. On my RHD car I have a completely different set up which completely eliminates the need for any type of "slider".
Just put your mind to it and with a few dollars in materials you can easily come up with something better and safer than what you have now!