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How to Correctly Adjust the Brakes
This procedure pertains
to 1962 and earlier cars without self adjusters.
An old hand showed
me 30 years ago how to properly adjust Full Contact Brakes in one move
(maybe a little fine adjustment?).
With wheel and tire just clear of ground contact, spin wheel in either
direction and using a 7/16 socket, tighten adjusting cam until light rubbing
can be heard. Move to other cam (2 on each wheel) and do same. Now adjust
cam 1/8 turn tighter on each and call it good.
Do this on all four wheels and test drive, doing light to hard braking to
get a good seat. Possible adjustment may be needed if car pulls to one side
or other mis-adjustment symptoms. I got to where I could rattle off a brake
job in no time flat, spending more time cleaning up grimy parts than
actually doing the job.
Thanks to Brent, aka: "Doctor
Desoto" of Forward Look