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Parking brake question

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by ljspop, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. Dec 21, 2005
    ljspop

    ljspop Lurking Bronco Dude

    San Diego, CA
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    I have an M38A1 paking brake set up. I ordered new shoes for it and they sent just the linings. OK, I'll figure out how to get the new linings rivited on no biggie. The bigger problem is the holes and the pins that the shoes ride on are pretty severely worn - which explains why it rattled around like crazy before I took it off. The pins are 1/2 inch and the worn about 1/8 to 1/16 and the holes on the shoes have similar wear. Any suggestions on fixing them up? Weld and re-drill the holes? Sleeve of some sort? Or should I just look for new backing plates for the shoes? Not sure how hard that would be to find.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
     
  2. Dec 21, 2005
    w3srl

    w3srl All-around swell dude Staff Member

    Port Orange, FL
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    Krage had the whole shoes in stock last time I checked. That's where I got mine ~2 years ago.
     
  3. Dec 22, 2005
    ljspop

    ljspop Lurking Bronco Dude

    San Diego, CA
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    Went with the old man engineering method for now. I found shoes but they cost $22.00 per (for a total of $44 plus shipping) - more than I want to spend to see if this'll work for me - especially around the holidays.

    The holes in the shoes were elongated to almost 5/8's in the widest spots so I drilled them out to 5/8's. I found a brass 3/8 pipe fitting with a 1/2 ID (I really am baffled why a 3/8 pipe fitting has a 1/2" ID? :rofl: ). I carefully ground down the threads off the fitting and got it to a roughly round 5/8 OD and lopped off a piece as tall as the pin. Hammered the new shim in place and there ya go:

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    Nice tight fit. Hopefully this will last long enough for me to evaluate whether this parking brake setup is sufficient - actually hopefully it works great and lasts longer , but I'm not counting my unhatched chickens. I'm out $2.78 instead of $40+ for the effort.
     
  4. Dec 22, 2005
    53Flattie

    53Flattie Intigator

    Easley, SC
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    Nice work Bob!!!! Attaway to use the ole noggin!
     
  5. Dec 22, 2005
    vanguard

    vanguard

    Nice work!
     
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