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Brake shoes - which direction ?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Johnnyzoom, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. mrspeedyt
    Joined: Sep 26, 2009
    Posts: 711


    my head hurts.

    what will i find when i need to do a brake job?
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  2. 03GMCSonoma
    Joined: Jan 15, 2011
    Posts: 270


    What position were they in when you took them apart?
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  3. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 18,777


    Early Ford hydraulic brakes with four fixed anchors are Lockheed brakes. Long shoe goes in front.

    Boling Brothers brakes are Bendix-style brakes, with floating shoes, and an adjuster on the bottom. Long shoe goes in the rear.

    Two different braking practices. Two different, and opposite shoe placements.
  4. That is what I realized after I posted this. Thanks!
  5. All new stuff. Never together.
  6. Okay put this Thread back to sleep.:rolleyes:
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2021
  7. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 5,108

    from Ioway

    Can't really go by that, because whatever genius was in there last might have made a mistake.

    Gimpy and others 'splained it well - if you actually look at what the Bendix "self energizing" design actually does it will make sense. The rear brake shoe does more work and wears faster than the front shoe by design. Most people probably envision the two brake shoes expanding out equally or applying the same braking action, they don't.
  8. 03GMCSonoma
    Joined: Jan 15, 2011
    Posts: 270


    Makes sense. I didn't see if the parts were new or repairing older brakes.
  9. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,969

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    If you are supposed to have a short and long shoe, why do some new sets have them all the saem size? Just bought Bosch 57 Chevy shoes, and all 4 were 'long' shoes. The ones on the car (installed in the 80's), were primary and secondary.

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