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Installing front brakes

Installing Front Brakes (drums)

Am currently installing front brakes. Everything was in pieces when
purchased so have nothing to look at.Have studied both service manual and
parts book. At the risk of seeming stupid,I would appreciate some
assistance. Manual advises that one end of the pull off spring attaches to
one of the brake shoes the other end attaches to one of the anchor pins
(page L48 service manual). I assume this is referring to the threaded and
bolt side of the anchor pin (that faces the backing plate ).However there
does not appear to be enough space . Once the anchor pin is through the
shoe,followed by a washer and the nut I have only one thread showing and
this would be without the pulloff spring. Grateful for a prompt reply,
Regards - John Brown

I may have a couple of photos of the front brake set up, taken prior to
dissembly. Let me know if you can use them. - Klaus Nielsen

Just finished installing new shoes on the front after a wheel cylinder
rebuild. The anchor pins are mounted to the back plate and the head with
the groove is the mounting point for the spring. It would be wise to
purchase a spare parts catalogue Pub J.15, which has a much better and
exploded view of the brake system on page 77 plate Y. The pin anchor has
the nut on the backside of the plate. There's one pin each in each brake
shoe and the nut is on the back facing the back plate.  Be sure that the
long end of each brake shoe is connected to the piston end of each
cylinder.  They can be installed backwards. The narrow end of the spring
goes into the brake shoe and the larger end on the back plate pin. Also be
sure the cupped piece on the self adjusting bar is against the brake shoe
when installed. Install the brake shoes before the self adjusting bars.
Good luck. Oh, by the way, I hope the shoes are cut to the right thickness.
not more than 1/4" will work. Be sure to put one hub on before you mount
both sets to be sure. They can be cut down with a machine. Very hard by
hand and you really can't get them true.  Experience is the best teacher. -
Bob Cathey, xk140mc ots, '61 Mark IX

Not sure whether my memory is 100% correct, but I think I recall with the
120 front brakes attaching the spring to the shoes first, then levering the
shoes into place i.e. do not put the shoes on, then try to attach the
springs. - John Elmgreen

Klaus,Bob Cathey,&John Elmgreen, Thanks so much for your help. A closer
examination of the parts manual and plate Y was required on my part.I
failed to realise that there are two different kinds of anchor pin, 2 for
anchoring the adjuster bars and 2 in the back plates for anchoring the pull
off springs.Amazing how sometimes you only see what you want to see
(speaking for myself). I am missing the latter,so no wonder I couldnt make
sense of things. Thanks so much for your help as I had spent ages,reading
and rereading the service and parts manuals. Finishing on a humorous note.
A couple of years ago in NZ we had a bad rash of lawyers embezzeling client
funds (the Law Society has a fund to make good this sort thing), anyway one
winter things were particularly bad such that in the colder part of NZ it
was remarked that the lawyers even had their hands in their own pockets. -
Regards, John Brown

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