how do you remove rivits on brake shoe for new pads and rivits.
carefully as new ones are not available
Do you mean new rivets or shoes are not available?
I will be tearing the rear end on my TT down this winter and one pad is grease soaked. The emergency break pads look like new, should I try to clean the grease soaked pad or replace it?
A drill bit should easily remove the rivets.
David, I have had good luck cleaning linings with brake cleaner and then using baking soda to scrub them down and dry up any residue. KGB
New TT shoes are what's not available. Occasionally you can find them on ebay or from some of the guys here on the forum, but they can be hard to find and costly when you do find some.
David...found the same on my TT last summer. I just got out a can of brake-kleen and some lacquer thinner and washed them down, wiped them thoroughly, they're as good as new. I wouldn't monkey with replacing them, as John said, they're hard to find (shoes), don't wanna risk breaking one.
These brakes came with my TT project. They're Chrysler. I don't know the year, but fairly late model like sometime in the last thirty years. Note how they were cut at the holes, bent for a sharper curve, and welded. You can adapt if you have to.
Once I needed brake shoes for a 1939 Packard. I expected the search to be mighty tough, but a local parts store had a book with drawings and measurements of all that were available. I just took in the old ones, they found the matching ones in the book, and ordered them. That was about twenty years ago, so I don't know if you can still do that.
Of course, if you have the shoes a brake shop in any fairly large town can reline them for you. I needed some for my 1951 pickup, and I didn't even have to wait. A brake shop in Wichita had them on the shelf.