Finishing up the brakes


Tried to finish the brakes tonight but did not quite make it.  I got this last brake line in and tightened up.


Attached the brake lines to the master cylinder.


Hooked up the brake light switch.


I also got the back brakes adjusted.  Here is a picture of me rehearsing how to adjust the brakes.  I am using the 1/4″ wrench to push the adjuster lever away from the star wheel then using a screwdriver to spin the wheel.  This worked pretty well but was a lot harder with the brake drum on so I could not see anything.  Anyway I got both back brakes adjusted before I ran out of time.  I will finish this next time then bleed the brakes.

Finished the brake lines


I cleaned and painted the parts for the last brake but that is boring and we have seen it before so I did not take any pictures.  But I also finished running the brake lines.  Here are the rear lines going into the T-fitting on the axle and the new hose snaking up to the line from the master cylinder.


Lots of fuzzy pictures here since it was dark, under the car, and I was trying to get my phone all dirty.  You can see here the line that goes over the differential all bolted up.


The paint is still drying on the backing plate so the other brake line is just hanging there.  And the picture is fuzzy again.


And finally the other end of the hose is connected to the brake line.  Notice the red wire.   I don’t know this is for but there are wires strung here there and everywhere on this car.  This one goes into a dubious wad of electrical tape then ties to a couple of wire nuts (!!!).  Other wires go from there to the taillights.  I think a wiring harness is going to be an early upgrade if this car is going to be a driver.

Passenger side axle back together


Getting the knuckle seal on I spend a bit of time trying to get the rubber grease seal (red arrow) to snap into the knuckle before I realized I was making it too hard.  I started putting the retainer on and used that to force the seal into place.  Before I started I squirted oil on the felt seal (blue arrow) where it rubs on the ball.  Not sure if that is necessary but it felt right.


Looks good.  The bolts are snug but not stupid tight.


Next Rachael put the axle in while I put some sealer on the spindle.  It took all of our hands to get the parts held in place while putting the bolts through so I did not get any pictures.  Rachael torqued the bolts to 30 ft-lbs.  I just guessed at that torque.


Next the “s” shaped little brake line and the new brake hose.  We reused the old clip.


Brake hose is attached.  Three more wheels to go!


While Rachael worked on the knuckle I was cleaning parts.  Bearings look good.

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Got the drum and hub de-greased too.  The drum does not look worn at all.  It was probably turned “recently”