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  1. We and the Windsor 2018

    Thanks for sharing. I should try organizing an event like that around here.
  2. Hey guys, I've never done brakes on my own (yeah I know, imagine that) except for on my Meadowbrook. Its the only way to learn I guess. So, as you can imagine, I'm not the greatest at this stuff. My shop manual shows an awesome exploded view of the rear brakes, but nowhere in the whole "brakes" section does it tell me anything about the removal of the backing plate. I'd like to take it off just so I can clean it up really good. So, everything has been removed from the backing plate, including the 5 nuts/washers that look to me like they are holding it on to the axle(?). The bolts are still sticking through. If I want to remove the plate then, should I tap those bolts back with my brass hammer and then.....the plate should come right off? Or would it be held up still because of the axle seal? I don't want to mess with the axle seal(s) right now as they don't appear to be leaking at all. I just want to get the backing plate off and clean it, then reassemble (the driver's side) the brakes. I hope I explained this right. I know this is elementary to most of you fellas, but that's why I'm here; you guys know and I don't. Please help me out.
  3. Need some help with my rear brakes

    Thanks for the responses fellas. After reading other's advice, I plan on leaving the backing plate right where it is, and simply clean it up good. Should be just fine. Keith, I'll try to get some pics posted up again soon. I probably won't work on the car in this nasty cold; I don't have a heated garage and am waiting for some warmer weather again, which seems to be hard to get in these parts LOL.
  4. We and the Windsor 2018

    Wow, weird and interesting story Keith! Kinda adds a new mystical/magical aura to your car. Thanks for sharing
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  6. Brake drum max inside diameter??

    I measured both drums today with a 12 inch caliper. All around the surfaces of both drums they measured within a couple of thousands of an inch to the 11 inch diameter. There is NO ridge at the bottom of either drum, telling me that the shoes did NOT wear out the drums in the least bit. There's no wear or ridges or anything at all. The drums are very true as well. I won't have to turn or even skim them; the car has no shimmy at all when braking. Since cars like this hardly ever have their brakes jammed on hard consistently (you don't go fast, you don't stop fast....at least that's how I drive) I can totally understand how these drums have zero wear on them. If the drums had measured .005 - .060 oversize, making them 11.060 max diameter, then for sure there would've been some wear I would have detected:, a visible ridge at the bottom of the drum where the shoes don't touch; no doubt a guy could've felt even .005 with a fingernail. So, I have to get busy and clean up the drums and start making some progress. This weekend looks promising.
  7. Hey guys, I've been working on my '51 Meadowbrook rear brakes. I'm sure a lot of you have seen my recent posts in "Me and the Meadowbrook", but I wanted to start this separate topic so it reaches more people in case some folks are not following my thread. NOWHERE in my shop manual does it say what the max inside diameter of the rear drums can be. Does anyone know this dimension? Could it be actually stamped on the drum itself? I'll admit I haven't taken a close look at the drums yet even though I got them off. I'll likely have to use a wire brush on them in order to read any numbers if they indeed are on there. I know this knowledge is like squeezing toothpaste out of a tube for some of you guys, which is exactly why I am asking. Help me out if you can. Thanks! John M.
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    Who had it on record? And who do I contact so I can get one for my car?
  9. Happy birthday to me

    Sweet! Congrats on a cool purchase!
  10. Who Is Actually Driving Their Vintage Mopars?

    Working on rear brakes now; but I'm ahead of last year's schedule as far as a start time. In 2017 I got the car going on May 8th after the engine rebuild. Another week or two and I should have everything back together and I'll be driving it to work and beyond. Hope to beat last year's mileage tally of 6,500 from May 8 - Dec 8.
  11. Brake drum max inside diameter??

    Been too busy the last couple of days to get at it; but, I'm going to take the drums to work tomorrow so I can get the right caliper to take a measurement. That's step one anyway They are 11 in. drums btw...
  12. Brake drum max inside diameter??

    When I pulled them off earlier today I just gave them a quick once-over. They did look in good shape. If they need to be turned, I can skim them at work. I'll take them into work on Monday and measure them accurately at different points all the way around. Thanks for responding. I'll let you know how they "turn" out.
  13. Brake drum max inside diameter??

    I haven't measured them yet. I only have a 6 inch caliper, but a friend of mine has a 12 inch, or I can use my boss' caliper at work. Not sure if there would be another more accurate way to measure other than with a caliper. I can't imagine getting close at all with a tape.
  14. We and the Windsor 2018

    Lookin' good Keith! Glad you had the opportunity to drive your car today. My poor Meadowbrook is jacked up in the garage with the rear brakes apart (I know you know this LOL). Guess I better get crackin' if I want to get it back on the road. John
  15. Me and the Meadowbrook

    March 17: passenger-side leaking. Will get it fixed up right tomorrow or early in the week.
  16. Me and the Meadowbrook

    Hey fellas got my car running again (it was a faulty fuel pump) and I wanted to start a new thread and leave my engine rebuild thread as something separate. In this thread I'm going to post pics of me and my family's trips/shows/gatherings and anything else fun that we do with the car. Tonight we went out for a cruise over to a neighboring town. It was sunny and 70s here today with hardly a cloud. Perfect evening for a drive. Mostly I drove just 40mph because that's what felt good Its so much fun to drive the old Dodge; our new cars simply have no soul. There's a bunch of shows and gatherings coming up soon around here, we hope to hit all of them. Here's some pics from today: I guess only the first pic is from us being out and about. The other 3 are when we got back home LOL. The back roads around here are really fun, but you have to watch out for deer!
  17. Me and the Meadowbrook

    March 17: passenger-side drum off.
  18. Me and the Meadowbrook

    March 17: The washer and puller in action.
  19. Me and the Meadowbrook

    March 17: I didn't like the thought of turning the castle nut around and taking the chance of either cross threading it or crushing it, so I found this extra thick washer with an indentation in my junk drawer for the puller to butt up against. It worked great!
  20. Me and the Meadowbrook

    March 17: my son snapped this picture of the driver side. Can't see it here but the front shoe is very worn.
  21. Me and the Meadowbrook

    March 17: I must be the luckiest guy in the world. The brake drum on the driver side came right off after about 4 or 5 hits with my 3 pound dead blow hammer, and I didn't even hit it that hard. The passenger side maybe took about 15 hits and then it popped off. The brake shoes are worn, and the passenger side wheel cylinder is leaking. I have all the parts to fix it up right!
  22. Me and the Meadowbrook

    Yep, I have the correct puller. I won't let it beat me!
  23. Me and the Meadowbrook

    March 15: My son (he's 8) and I got started on the rear brakes tonight. I wanted to go at a pace that he could do and feel good about. He wants to help me, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I loosened the lug nuts for him (opposite thread on driver's side!), and he finished with a ratchet. Then he jacked up the car as far as he could, and I finished. Blocks underneath the frame and center of the leaf springs where they bolt to the axle. Then we took out the right tools and removed the cotter pins from the castle nut. That's as far as we got, but I feel good about it. So happy I have a son who is as enthused as I am about this stuff. He choses the Meadowbrook over my 2017 Challenger!
  24. We and the Windsor 2018

    Don't worry man, it'll all be fine. I had to leave my car at an exhaust shop overnight last year. Man was it awesome when I got it back!
  25. Too far gone?

    I bought pieces of a frame from these guys a number of years ago. http://www.dvap.com They guaranteed it to have no rust...they weren't kidding.