1. Torrance00

    Torrance00 Well-Known Member

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    Hi All
    My 74 swinger has sat for a long time, too long
    and the left rear drum locked up... yes I guess I set the brake..
    anyway after getting it off, (no easy task). I cleaned everything, wire wheeled the
    drum and painted them with ceramic silver. (had a can on hand)
    but what is interesting, is that there are 2 placer's in the backing plate for
    adjusting the star wheel.. Only trouble is that the star wheel sits between both
    these are original parts. I've not seen this on any of my other cars over the years
    so does anyone have an explanation for this?
    Also FYI if your like me and "Want" to buy American. a company
    named Milton makes valves stems here in the US..
    from my reading there are only 2 sizes for the diameter the most common is
    a .453. The reason I found this out is that the Valve stems that were used when
    I had new chromed reversed wheels installed they used new valve stems, that have
    since turned to dust... And the car has been in my garage for nearly 3 years.
    and only had about 1K miles on the wheels..
    I believe in buying American if I can, even if it costs me a few cents more..
    BTW, the 5 valve stems from Milton cost me $7.77. including shipping...
    One last item, if you think you need to stems, you can replace them yourself
    by deflating the tire, use a long thin rod with a ( hook ) at the end and
    place it inside the hole along side the stem, twist so the hook connects to the hole
    in the stem, then pull up. Installing a new stem is a little harder and the use
    of a $7 dollar tool is needed... it goes on the threads of the valve stem, then you
    shove the valve stem into the hole, and pull up.. it will seat itself...
    there is a few You Tube videos you can watch

    Best
     
  2. pishta

    pishta I know I'm right....

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    The adjuster is in backwards? The backing plate is not side specific so they put it on both sides hence the dual adjuster ports. Does the auto adjuster hit the teeth correctly? drum-brakes.jpg
     
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    RedFish Well-Known Member

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    Backing plates are not left or right hand specific. That's why both access holes. The adjusters are right hand and left hand specific. Star wheel should be behind one hole or the other if assembled correctly. Post a pic of your assembly.
    After breaking a rubber valve stem while washing the car, I changed to metal valve stems like new vehicles have. They aren't so easy to install but they don't leak. Car sat from august till may, all 4 still at 32 p.s.i.
     
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    TrailBeast Slightly Twisted Member

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    • Torrance00

      Torrance00 Well-Known Member

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      thanks for the info on the backing plates.
      good Idea on interchanging those parts.
      does make it a little hard to adjust and
      yes the self adjuster sits just fine.
      My point about the valve stems is just
      that you can still buy American. and
      I hope they use better material then those
      made in China...
      I have noticed a lot over the last few
      years how fast "rubber" hoses deteriorate
      both of them rotted at the same spot
      Anyway thanks for your replys
       
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