Hello, I'm in the process of installing AC brakes onto my 1923 touring / pickup conversion. After pulling a rear wheel off, I noticed that I have the two-piece, lined emergency brake shoes and that the lining is worn down flush with the base casting.
I have a brand new set of the newer, one-piece lined shoes that I plan to install. I may be mistaken, but I seem to remember that on the original cast iron shoes, they came in one piece, but you were supposed to break them apart at the rear mount hole before installing them.
My question is, should I break apart the new one-piece lined shoes before I install them, or leave them as one piece? Does anyone else have any experience with these new one-piece lined emergency brake shoes?
You might come up with 50/50 on break or leave as is. The reports I have seen here are good on the new replacement lined shoes.
You can buy the replacement lining for your old shoes.
If the lining on your old shoes is evenly worn you might have a lot of miles left. Except for emergency stops they are only needed for parking and holding the car still when starting.
Wow, thanks everybody! Based on the discussions in the other thread, I think I'll take my Dremel tool and cut halfway through the casting at the pivot bolt hole, so that if they someday do break it will be at the cut area and not somewhere else.
As far as the replacement lining for my two-piece shoes, I may give that a try later. The old linings appears to be held on to the castings by split rivets, like the ones on transmission bands.