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Projects 1940 Ford Brake Parts

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by breakdown, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. breakdown
    Joined: May 24, 2007
    Posts: 138


    I was just looking for an opinion on the best place to get 40s Ford brake parts and drums. Thanks, breakdown
  2. Rich Wright
    Joined: Jan 9, 2008
    Posts: 3,922

    Rich Wright

    Most of the aftermarket places sell rebuild, wheel cylinders, drums, that sort of stuff.
    Why '40 brakes, though? If you go for '46/7/8 Brakes you'll avoid the hassle of having to center the shoes.
  3. Christom
    Joined: Nov 3, 2011
    Posts: 217


    If you need to start from scratch I'd look to C&G Ford in Escondido to get everything from the one place. New shoes can be the most tricky item to get from others without an exchange core. If you can afford the additional expense it would be worth going to the Bendix kits that Macs & Speedway sell - expensive though. Cheapest way is to rebuild an old original brake set up if you can.
  4. Dick Spadaro,,,he's got what you want,,he's a Hamber and a great guy to deal with. HRP

  5. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    New wheel cylinders are always but they are 42-48 which makes no difference in function, just bigger cups. New drums are available. New springs are available. New shoe retainer springs are available. New shoes appear to be iffy but you can always redo your old shoes. Cams and shoe inserts are findable, new or used. Safety first.
  6. GARY T.
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,985

    GARY T.
    from S.W. Pa

  7. Also try Richard Lacy at, (626) 338-2282, or Dennis Cling at, (480) 777-1202.

    Charlie Stephens
  8. 40FordGuy
    Joined: Mar 24, 2008
    Posts: 2,907


    Sacramento Vintage Ford has brake parts for 40. I'm with what Rich said, re; centering and adjusting. Ford had a specific proceedure for doing a "Major Brake Adjustment", and the early shop manual is still being reproduced.

    If I was doing it again with drum brakes, I would buy the complete Bendix style bolt on brake assemblies. Well worth the investment. I know that Speedway sells them, and possibly other vendors as well.

    Happy Roddin' 4TTRUK

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