Is it normal for a Ruckstell axle backing plate to not have bushes for the brake cam?

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2016: Is it normal for a Ruckstell axle backing plate to not have bushes for the brake cam?
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Peter Kable - Kiama NSW OZ on Friday, July 15, 2016 - 05:01 am:

The shafts on the parking brake cams of my Town Car show wear so I set about replacing the parts and installing lined shoes in place of the original cast iron shoes which have been there for the last 53 years I have had the T plus who knows how many miles in its first life.

Expecting to remove the old bushing for the brake cam I was surprised to find the Ruckstell diff backing plate has no bushing.

The backing plate has just been drilled 1/2' for the shaft. Is that how they all were or has this one just slipped through the system? Can't say I have ever heard anyone mention that there are no bushings.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Strange - Hillsboro, MO on Friday, July 15, 2016 - 07:47 am:

Mine had no bushings and were worn, so I drilled them out and installed the stock Ford bushings. :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Friday, July 15, 2016 - 08:00 am:

The early Hall-Scott produced Ruckstells didn't have the bushing, while the later Eaton produced units had it according to earlier discussions at the forum:
http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/257047/324140.html?1354674767


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Strange - Hillsboro, MO on Friday, July 15, 2016 - 08:01 am:

Makes sense. Several parts of my Ruckstell were marked Hall-Scott.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Peter Kable - Kiama NSW OZ on Friday, July 15, 2016 - 08:21 am:

My Ruckstell is an early Hall - Scott so that answers the question.

I've drilled it out and will add a bush tomorrow.

Rodger, you are amazing at finding old threads.


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