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Old 08-13-2014, 12:43 PM   #1
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Default Break adjustment question on 47 Ford

Can someone tell me which way to turn the adjusting nuts to tighten the break shoes? lets say looking at the back side of the rear backing plat, which way would tighten the breaks?
Thanks - an answer will save me from taking them apart again.
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Old 08-13-2014, 12:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: Break adjustment question on 47 Ford

The 11/16" head adjusters at the front of the backing plates turn towards the front of the car, the ones to the back of the plates turn the opposite direction. To adjust the brake, with the wheels off the ground, turn the heads in the proper direction until the shoe is seated, then back off until they can be turned with no contact. Don't move the adjusting bolts at the bottom of the backing plate unless you have installed new shoes or linings which need to be centered.
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Old 08-13-2014, 01:20 PM   #3
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47 don't have the lower adjustments.
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Old 08-13-2014, 02:41 PM   #4
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Supereal's explaination above is correct, assuming the wrench handles are facing up.
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Old 08-13-2014, 02:44 PM   #5
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Here's a diagram if it helps. It illustrates the instructions that Supereal gave.

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Old 04-01-2021, 05:18 PM   #6
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Here's a diagram if it helps. It illustrates the instructions that Supereal gave.

Hi I have a 1945 Ford with the same configuration. However I riveted new Pads on the old shoes and I can't get the Drums on the one side and the other has Drag at one point with the bolts at their low points any direction and it stops the drum. Do I need to sand them down? Am I doing something wrong? The passenger side will not go on.
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Old 04-01-2021, 07:35 PM   #7
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I figured out what was going on. The emergency Break was preventing the shoes to retract far enough. took off the 2 bolts holding the e-break to the Back Plate and wammo fixed!

Just so if someone is stuck.
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