Purchased a 12 rivet rear end which UPS absolutely violated. Has anyone straightened the brake backing plate one?
Can you supply more information, pictures?
I have straightened a few. It depends on how badly they are bent, and whether cracks have formed because of the bending. A few minor bends I straightened cold. A couple bad ones, I did hot. I think the backing plates are cast steel, I have brazed a few backing plates with very good results. I even replaced the bottom inch plus on one that had dropped a wheels at speed and ground the bottom off.
The one backing plate I had a lot of trouble with, was a Hall Scott. It was NOT cast steel, and disintegrated when heated. It had several cracks and had been bent as well. I quickly quit with it, and replaced it with a standard Ford backing plate.
One of the 1913 rear end halves I use on my '13 some years ago was badly bent. I heated it, and it straightened up nicely. It, I also needed to braze up around the brake cam bushing. It was the worst worn one I ever saw. Looked and worked nice when I was done.
That is my experience with that.
How bad is yours? Pictures would help.
Douglas, here in Vermont we refer to u p s as united parcel smashers. GREG