Popeye has a large drum 1926 - 27 Ruckstell rear end. The rear brake linings were so thick that the brakes were always dragging. Has anyone used the lining replacement kit sold by all the T part vendors? I hate to spend $50 to find out the new stuff is too thick just like the stuff that came off.
If you're talking about accessory brake linings, the "Green Gripper" lining material that I bought from Chaffin's for my AC brakes is 3/16 inch thick, how does that compare with what is on Popeye's brakes now?
(Message edited by cudaman on November 22, 2015)
Looking at Bob's web site I see they have the shoes for sale. Looks like steel lining riveted to the cast iron shoes?
Royce, I've used the new lining without any problems. Do you think it could be that your brake shoes are simply bent?
If you're talking about emergency brake linings, I bought a set of replacement linings for small drums from Lang's a year or so ago and they measure out to be a little over 1/8 inch thick, more specifically 0.15 inch.
I used the new lining and it doesn't drag at all.
Royce, sounds like you need to check your shoes and drums for out of roundness. On anther idea, the late Ralph Ricks ran a bonded brake material that he had applied (glued?) to his 26-27 rear brake shoes by a shop in SoCal. He said they lasted forever and stopped better than any other lining he had tried. I lost the info he gave me on it.
The lining on the LH parking brake measures 7/32. The lining on the RH parking brake measures 1/8. Nothing is out of round. The one wheel was really slowing the car down. Amazing difference in performance.
I've bought Snyder's repro lining for 26/27 emergency brakes and it fits just as it should.
Tried first buying 26/27 shoes with new lining installed at ebay and then I realized why they were being sold - too thick material, couldn't be fitted & too much to grind off considering it could have been old asbestos stuff that isn't healthy to breathe when ground.
So this is a case where repro stuff worked just fine for me.
Royce, I have an extra set of Improved Car new linings from Langs that work well on large drum brakes. I'll never use them, so if you'd like them you are welcome to them. They're just sitting in my parts pile collecting dust. Just PM with you mailing info and I'll send them off to you.
Much appreciated, but I already have a set coming from Bob's.
The Aftermarket 26-7 emergency brake shoes are made incorrectly. The Lugs the brake cams ride against are riveted in the wrong position. This causes the shoes w/lining to be too big to fit in the drum. you have to either remove the shoes and relocate the Lugs, remove the shoes and cut an 1/8" off the feet of the lugs, or remove the shoe and file the lining down.