New Brake Shoes for '68 Cougar
I replaced the rear brake shoes with new ones from National Parts Depot. Adjusted shoes so the drums rotate with slight touching of lining. Checked brake pedal and all looks well. Re-install the wheels and attempt to back out of the garage. The car will not move. Thought maybe I forgot to remove the wheel blocks, but no everything is clear. So why will the car not move? Pull out the jack stands and get it in the air again. The rear wheels are locked solid.
After dis-assembly and some head scratching, it appears the shoes are about 1/16 inch wider than the old shoes I removed. When the wheel is tightened to the axle, the shoes are clamped tight between the brake drum and backing plate, locking everything up. Everything about the shoes is correct except for the width of the metal shoe. Even the new lining matches the width of the old shoes, but the new metal shoe is slightly wider than the new lining. May be a Chinese metric conversion issue. Put the old shoes back on so the car is driveable, but it still needs new brake shoes.
Anyone else ever experience this problem? The only solution I see is the bench grinder, or postage for return.
1968 Std X-code/C6/Black Cherry/Black
1968 XR7 J-code/C4/Black Cherry/Dark Red
1963 Fairlane 260/3sp/Bronze/Bronze
1969 Torino R-code/4sp/Indian Fire/Black
1942 Ford 1/2 ton pickup, 239/3sp/Black/Tan
1964 Galaxie P-code/4sp/Blue/Black
1957 Fairlane 312/3spOD/Red&white/Black
1950 Mercury 255/3spOD/Burgandy/Grey
1948 Ford 239(later 255)3sp/Blue/Tan
1941 Ford 239/3sp/Blue/Tan
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