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Hot Rods Questions about juice brakes for wide 5 spindles and rear axles

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bobbytnm, Jul 10, 2017.

  1. bobbytnm
    Joined: Dec 16, 2008
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    Hello all,
    I've real a lot of old posts about converting wide 5 spindles and banjo diffs to hydraulic brakes. I have what I think is a complete 38 Ford front suspension and a couple of wide 5 banjo rear diffs that I want to use for my 26 RPU project.
    Like most, I don't have a bucket full of cash to toss at this project and was hoping to find some late model 12" backing plates that could be easily modified to work with the wide 5 drums.
    I've read that 39-48 backing plates are the ones to look for. Has anyone had any luck adapting any other late model 12" backing plates? Any tips or suggestions?

    thanks
    Bobby 20170710_173809.jpg 20170710_173436.jpg 20170710_173442.jpg 20170710_173648.jpg
     
  2. spooler41
    Joined: Feb 25, 2007
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    Bobby, wow ! Someone has put rear
    brake backing plates on your front axel.
    What you need is a set of '40- '48 front
    backing plates , the ones without the parking brake cables and fittings .
    Any '40 to '48 brake assem. Will work
    on your axle,along with the matching brake drums.

    ............ Jack
     
  3. R Pope
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
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    Some early 39s had wide 5s and juice brakes.
     
  4. V8 Bob
    Joined: Feb 6, 2007
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    spooler41, Ford used brake cables in '38 instead of rods.
    R Pope, all '39 Fords had wide 5s and hydraulic brakes.
     

  5. bobbytnm
    Joined: Dec 16, 2008
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    Wow, really? those are rear backing plates on my front axle.
    I knew that you could use the 39-48 backing plates to convert the mechanical brakes. I haven't been able to dig up a set of them yet....I'll keep looking.

    I was wondering about other backing plates. I know they might not be a direct bolt on application but surely there is a later model 12" backing plate that is similar enough that some light fabrication might make it adaptable.

    Or has anyone tried stripping all the mechanical apparatus from the backing plate and converting it to hydraulic? You would have to add the center pivot, drill holes for the wheel cylinder mounting, etc. Any thoughts?

    Thanks for the input
    Bobby
     
  6. V8 Bob
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    The pictured front brakes are stock '37-'38 cable operated brakes, not rear backing plates.
     
  7. bct
    Joined: Apr 4, 2005
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    lots of work to convert. juice backers are not that difficult to find.
     
  8. bobbytnm
    Joined: Dec 16, 2008
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    Ok, thanks, that's what I thought
     

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