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Old 03-14-2019, 08:28 PM   #19201
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Looking at the drums is still on my to-do list... where it's been since 2012. I opened a drum brake one time in 2004 and I have like PTSD from it. I don't even remember why I hated it so much, but every time I start to do it my brain is like "hey remember that time in 2004? No? Well it was awful! Awful I tell you!
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:44 PM   #19202
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The old school trick is to do drums one side at a time. That way you always have a correctly assembled reference point. I have done drum brakes so many times in my 46 years, i could do them in my sleep.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:48 PM   #19203
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:59 PM   #19204
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I never could get my e-brake tensioned enough to do more than hold the truck in place on a slight incline. We don't get enough ice and whatnot around here to be able to use it for drifting

The snow just needs a heavy foot to slide around in. I use my hand brake in the dry dirt mostly to instigate a slide. It also super handy when wheeling and starting/stopping one weird not flat stuff.
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:32 PM   #19205
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Every other oil change I pop the drums off and spray the shoes down with brake clean. I adjust the shoes out so there is just a tiny amount of drag. That gives a good parking brake and decent pedal feel too.
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Old 03-15-2019, 12:06 AM   #19206
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Ticking sound when i started up the HB today. probably quart low on oil. typically i do it once a month to avoid this but its been since mid jan. Get to try the Hiltons or Chiltons stuff Sci recommends. Going to give 1/4-1/2 a bottle of seafoam in and change the oil fri-sat.
Damn sound makes my neighbors think im gonna blow up in the neighborhood
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:34 AM   #19207
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Got my new hood inserts. They are flat black and unpainted. Need to find some proper paint to match them. Or get close enough. And damaged the old originals getting them out. Crap! Could probably use them again in a pinch but I'm pretty bummed about that. Didn't know what or how they were held in. The new ones look to be made better so maybe a newer design?
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:03 AM   #19208
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Looking at the drums is still on my to-do list... where it's been since 2012. I opened a drum brake one time in 2004 and I have like PTSD from it. I don't even remember why I hated it so much, but every time I start to do it my brain is like "hey remember that time in 2004? No? Well it was awful! Awful I tell you!
They suck the first few times you do them. I have had the rear brakes on mine apart a couple of times and they aren't that bad. There is certainly a learning curve to it though. Definitely buy a brake hardware kit before tearing into them. They are cheap and that way if you destroy anything (like those little horseshoe clips that hold the parking brake on) you have extra parts. I have found that on a lot of aftermarket brake shoes the hole for the pin on the parking brake arm is just a little too small for it to fit in and pivot freely. My guess is they don't account for the thickness of the coating during the manufacturing process. I usually have to take a drill bit and ream them out first. Once the shoes are in place I hook the springs in one of the shoes then use a long flatblade screwdriver to force them into the corresponding hole on the other shoe. To replace the parking brake shoes on my car (rear discs with the drum-style parking brakes) I actually unbolted the wheel hub for maximum working room.

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Old 03-16-2019, 04:59 AM   #19209
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Junk yard run for me and my buddies Sierra
They only put 1 HB and 1 pathy on my list of what they had in stock. But I walked by 2 HBís and one had a already pulled off round dash and rear window, that I went ahead and walked out with and paid for. Do not need them so will be listing on sale here once I clean and get pictures. Cut off the wiring to a set of pathy headlights, just in case I care to do it.
Friend grabbed a bug guard but it was too small and broke it. $17 (PickNPull brand is well, not over priced, but more expensive than most)
Avanced auto didnít carry Chiltons/Hiltson oil additive stuff. Bummer.
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