When I took my rear axle apart there wasn't a backing plate on either side of the axle. I have now rebuilt the axle. I have noticed that the catalog companies offer Backing plates for T owners. Is this something I need? I need your help on this one Please. Thanks in advance for your help. Rand
Backing plates keep dirt out of the brakes. They also keep any grease that gets by the seal from getting on the wheel and flying around. I would put them on. They were more of a necessity when the roads and seals were not as good as they are today. Still a good thing to have.
Rand the backing plates are the thin round metal disk that are at the end of each side of the axle for the 1926 Ford unlike the earlier small drum rear axle the plates are not integral to the rear axle of the 26. They are attached with rivets. For the most part the backing plate on your model holds the rear parking brake shoe.that the rear drum fits over. So if you want parking brakes and your rear axle doesn't have the plates you can order them I think they're around 30 bucks and are easy to install
I agree with Rich. Yes, you want them.
About $74 a pair new. Used ones should be less.
Are you sure you have a 26/27 big drum rear end? Seems kinda odd that both are missing. The link will show the differences;
Now I'm really confused. The drum I have looks like the small drum in the photo. I wonder if over the years, the differential was changed out with an older one.
If it's possible to post a photo of what you have, (I'm one to talk as I've never posted a photo on this forum) it would really help us to determine exactly what you have\don't have.
Post pictures. You'll soon find out what you have and what you need.
This is a photo of my 26 Tudor brake drum. Is this correct for a 26?
Looks like an early wheel and a 26-27 rear end.
Mis-matched parts, as Jack states. Look closely at the plate- there are clips formed on the outside edge that are there for the purpose of holding the parking brake bands in place. The backing plate is correct and should stay. The drum is for older cars. Can't tell from the photo, but it looks as if the wheel/rim/tire are also wrong for a '26.
While uncommon you could get 30 inch wheels on a 26. If you have 30's in the front might and the wheels/tires are good, get a set of 26-27 brake shoes, new hub bolts/nuts and wood wheel brake drums and swap the drums. Looks like you are missing the cams, levers and brake rods too so you would need those. This would be the quick simple way to go.
That's a small drum rear axle. Post a picture of your car, perhaps it's a late 25 titled as a 26.
There's a small fraction of an inch difference between drums and backing plates, but for identification purposes forget the fraction. Even inches will do. 26-27 backing plates and drums are 10". Earlier backing plates and drums are 8". 26-27 backing plates are removable sheet metal. Earlier backing plates are cast as part of the housing, and therefore not removable without a cutting torch, saw, or grinder.
I agree with the above. You could run as is, but, would not have parking brakes. You would also not have an "emergency brake" which the parking brake becomes. The original Model T transmission brake will stop the car very well on level ground in light traffic, but not so well on hills or in heavy traffic. It will also not work when you have a drive train breakdown which will leave you in free wheeling. I recommend that you replace the drums and install the parking brakes. Also if you drive in traffic or on hills that you install auxiliary brakes.
Ted you are correct, it is an earlier rear axle. I enlarged the photo, small it looked like the later bacKing plate.
it's a small drum rear end, enlarge the picture, all you need is brake shoes and the fittings.