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Old 03-14-2021, 08:36 AM   #21
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Looks like you have found a nice old Ford to get you back into the hobby. Welcome back to the Fordbarn.
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Old 03-14-2021, 08:12 PM   #22
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Also, since I will be repacking the wheel bearings, is this grease sufficient?

I already have most of a can of this and I had planned on using it. Then I noticed that it said "disc brake" wheel bearings specifically and wondered why that might be.
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Old 03-14-2021, 09:51 PM   #23
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I recently went through the same dilemma when I repacked the wheel bearings on a 1959 travel trailer. Best I could tell after doing some research was the disc brake rated wheel bearing grease is rated for a higher temp. If it were mine I'd use it. I should add the trailer has factory drum brakes.

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Old 03-14-2021, 11:34 PM   #24
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I'd guess they added disc to the description for advertising. last I figured disc brakes don't have bearings and the axles/wheels turn the same revolutions... Pack it with grease and go.

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Old 03-15-2021, 12:03 AM   #25
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I'd guess they added disc to the description for advertising. last I figured disc brakes don't have bearings and the axles/wheels turn the same revolutions... Pack it with grease and go.
Got to agree with you Tinker. Unsurprisingly when I went to get grease for the travel trailer the "Disc brake" grease was more expensive. That's when I wondered why and did my research. There's an old saying in marketing. "Watch your pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves". Kaching Kaching.
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Old 03-15-2021, 06:56 PM   #26
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I agree with the idea of fixing the stuff that needs it, clean it up as much as possible and then drive it and enjoy the heck out of it.
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Old 03-17-2021, 08:08 PM   #27
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I have the actuator parts on the way now. Hopefully, I can have the cables and whatever else I need here by next week and get the car back on the ground.
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Old 03-17-2021, 10:32 PM   #28
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I have the actuator parts on the way now. Hopefully, I can have the cables and whatever else I need here by next week and get the car back on the ground.
Please keep us updated. Always a pleasure when progress and/or a conclusion is posted.
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Old 03-26-2021, 04:47 PM   #29
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Got my actuator pieces and about 1/2 of the new parts I ordered. Of course, a few of the pieces are back ordered... until mid to late April. Aaarrgh! So, while I can at least get the master cylinder and rear wheel cylinders repaired/replaced, it looks like it's going to be on jack stands for another month before I have all the e-brake pieces and can put everything back together. At least I'm not being rushed. Lol
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Old 03-26-2021, 05:00 PM   #30
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A couple more questions


1) I've read that, when you don't know what grease was used to pack the bearings, you should clean all the old grease up well before repacking the bearings. My question is what with? Gas? Kerosine? Mineral Spirits?

I've read a bunch of opinions elsewhere on the internet. Curious what you all thought.


2) E-brake return spring? In all the pictures I've looked at there is just the spring on the handle and the springs on the top of the brake shoes. Is that it?

I know on my '50s and '60s vehicles there has been a dedicated return spring for the e-brake cable.
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