Since I bought my '25 T Roadster PU a week ago, I am going through the obvious inspections. Found I have 30" wheels although the front is Ford and the rear are Hayes. Are there any differences to the manufacturing design of the two?
It seemed as though the car was somewhat difficult to push with the hand brake in neutral. So, I pulled the Hayes rear wheels and discovered two different brake shoes. One with the two spring config and the other with just one lower spring. The single spring shoe has a lining riveted to it. I believe this probably was the 'drag' on that wheel. I plan to replace both brakes and see a lined shoe is offered. Is this a good aftermarket choice? Not sure how they are made so as not to drag when the brake is off. Also,, one wheel hub has the nuts tack-welded to the end of the bolts. Why would that be? I have a pic included on that showing the single spring shoe and the welded nuts.
I plan on tearing down the wheels and replacing the spokes, maybe the rings also. Any suggestions/instructions on this project?
Sorry for the long post. Just have a great interest in a good retirement restoration project and I will lean on the experts for guidance.
If the wheel you show is the one you say has tack welded nuts, I'm thinking they don't look tack welded, but instead, peened over, which is proper and normal. Otherwise, the nuts can work loose. Bad news when that happens.
You are right. They are peened. The brake shoe lining is leather. Suppose the bolts will need to be ground down to remove.
In my opinion, lined brake shoes are a fantastic aftermarket choice! :-)
One of my T's has regular 16" 4X4 pickup tires on the back and the lined shoes will skid those wide tires when I want. :-)
You may want to check your spokes. They look a little damaged or something where they meet the metal rim?
That's part of my restoration plans, re-spoking the wheels.