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Old 03-18-2016, 09:23 AM   #1
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Default Broken brake adjuster

I'm working on a 1946 chassis I picked up, I assume one brake was seized at one point and someone snapped off one of the adjuster bolt in the backing plate. I have the broken bolt, spring, and eccentric tab on the back. Is there a repair kit or anything for this or should I just go ahead and clamp it back together and weld the eccentric back on the bolt?
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Old 03-18-2016, 10:29 AM   #2
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Someone on the HAMB is selling SS springs, if that's not needed weld it back together.
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I was hoping someone made replacement bolts/eccentric cams as well, I've run across many that were siezed, but backing plates were still good.
Let me know if you find a source.
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Old 03-18-2016, 08:30 PM   #4
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I'd weld it, the flat sided end of the shank is usually the part that sheared off, enlarge the hole in the cam and be a little careful welding.

By the way; I've never seen a seized adjuster that a minute or so with a torch wouldn't cure.
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:09 AM   #5
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Ralph: I believe the fellow on the HAMB is also selling the bolts in SS or a complete kit for replacement. See if you can search for him.
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Here's a link to the adjuster kit mentioned above.

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/t...#post-11144830
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Old 03-19-2016, 10:18 AM   #7
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Another option:
You could use an adjuster salvaged off a junk backing plate. Grind the upset end off the stud, remove the cam, drill and tap the end of the stud like the one on the left; but leave the pilot like the stud on the right, and reassemble it with a button head cap screw and Lok-tite.
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Just so everyone knows repair studs have been available for years. Dick Spadaro marketed ours up until his passing. You can still get them from me. Regards, Ron Hofaker
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Old 06-18-2020, 06:08 PM   #9
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Just an update, I did press it back together and weld it up no problem.
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