When I come to a stop gradually, no problem. If I need to stop more quickly and apply the brakes more firmly, I get a series of "jerks" with accompanying low grinding noise and finally an abrupt stop. I plan to take a look today into the transmission. What should I be considering? Lining, drum,etc.
Rear end likely the culprit. Check your rear axles with weight off of the car and see if either or both axles/wheels will move in and out. Sounds like a failed thrust washer in the differential .
Check is now and do not drive an inch further until you do.
I think Scott is on the right track. See this: http://dauntlessgeezer.com/DG79.html.
Sure appreciate the suggestions guys, but I have check the axles for play. There is absolutely none. I didn't rebuild the chassis myself, so that was one of the first things I checked out. The voice of experience and the lingering sound of a racheting pinion and ring gear.
I feel it's in the tranny because reverse is some hat similar in that it is smooth until I apply the needed pressure to make it back up with power. Then it engages abruptly.
I thought it had Kevlar linings, but now not so sure. I opened up the tranny and pulled off a small frayed sample on the brake band. Does oiled soaked Kevlar burn down to almost no ash? This did. Can't tell, but it doesn't look as yellow as it should. Are cotton linings more prone to grabbing?
Sounds like wood bands. They are reputed to chatter although I have never used any so I can't say much else.
Do the easy thing first..... reline the bands , then drive. If the problem still persists, look into the differential.
Kevlar is like fiberglass... itll get red with a torch yet remain intact... Tried to "burnish" the ends with a torch to prevent unraveling and it did nothing. ws
I know they're not wooden since they are woven. I have used wooden bands and really liked them. Since I have a set of good Kevlar bands, I'll give them a try, I have to say that based on my burning experiment that these are cotton.
If you liked the wood liners, why not use them again... Have used them the past 10 or so years and very satisfied.
I guess I'm a little tight The Kevlar linings came with the chassis, and I feel I should use them. Then again I do have the forstner bit and found them easier to install than woven linings. I will take the hogshead off anyway since I don't have enough alcohol on hand to install bands through the tranny opening
The Kevlar linings could be traded or sold for the price of the wood ?
Reading you thread title made me think of this guy.
Born: May 7, 1885, Stannards, NY
Died: February 9, 1969, Burbank, CA
Funny you should mention Gabby, Jay, that's why I spelled it "ie."
I seem to remember that he advertised Puffed Wheat - "Shot from Guns!"
Mike, Great minds think alike. :-)