In a message dated 9/4/2006 7:10:28 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Yesterday I took my newly restored '53 TD on a short maiden voyage, a
5-mile country road loop beginning and ending at my home. The first 3
miles or so were terrific..............smooth engine, quiet and
responsive. Then I started feeling some drag and soon realized that the
front brakes were not releasing properly....The front wheels
both seized completely. Wintin 30 minutes, they had cooled off and would
turn freely again.
Today, after spending the day with the family, I finally got to pull off
the driver's side front wheel. The wheel cylinders seem to engage fine
but return is not complete. All four front cylinders were honed and a
rebuild kit installed during resto. New shoes were installed all around.
The master cylinder was also rebuilt and silicone brake fluid was used.
All four drums were turned.
Does anyone have any suggestions short or replacing the cylinders? ... Would
doubling the return springs be
of any benefit? The adjusters are at their lowest settings and there is
still a very slight drag of the shoes on the drums at one point during
I went through a very similar situation many years ago after completely
renovating the Lockheed brakes in my Triumph Mayflower (almost identical
albeit smaller drums!). In my case, I discovered that I had incorrectly
installed the return springs. I don't have any references handy to describe
they SHOULD be (nor do I remember off the top of my head), but this is
something you might want to double-check. Beyond that, I would have an
very gently and carefully press the brake pedal while you observe appropriate
motions of the brakes with the drums off. Make sure all four cylinders expand
and contract as they should, etc., etc.
Also, my brake lights are staying on all the time. Has anyone had any
luck getting the brake light switch unstuck?
I have heard many, many accounts over the years of silicone fluid causing
problems with these switches, so it's just possible that there's your problem
and that replacement of the switch is necessary?
--Andy Mace (a long-time TD fan despite my .sig file)
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