Hints and Tips - Brake Relining

Date: Mon, 29 Jan 96
To: british-cars-pre-war
From: Alex Watt
Subject: Brakes & Riley

There is another option for relining brake shoes that hasn't been mentioned. Do it yourself!!! You can obtain the brake relining kits from several sources in England, such as Lancaster Vintage Spares in Morecambe, or Speedy Spares in Brighton, and it is actually a very simple process to reline the shoes. I've had to do it for my Triumph 10, and Austin 7. Basically you drill the rivet head of the back of the shoe, drift out the rivet, and the old shoe pops right off.

Installing is almost the reverse in that you center the lining on the shoe, line up the holes, insert the first rivet from the lining side through both the lining and the shoe, place the rivet head on a suitable anvil that will fit inside the "hole" in the lining, and use a punch type drift pin and hammer to spread the open end of the rivet.

Make sure that the rivet is properly seated and than continue with the rest of the holes. This is the critical part as you want absolutely no movement between the lining and the shoe. Once the lining is installed all that is left to do is to chamfer the leading edge of the lining.

It really isn't that difficult. Just remember DON'T INHALE THE BRAKE DUST when you chamfer the linings.

Hope this brake information helps. Go ahead try it - you might surprise yourself at how easy it is. Remember this was how it was done at all our local garages when our cars were new.

Alex Watt 36 Riley


Date: Mon, 29 Jan 1996
From: W. R. Gibbons
Subject: Re: Brakes & Riley

On Mon, 29 Jan 1996 Alex Watt wrote:

> There is another option for relining brake shoes that hasn't been
> mentioned. Do it yourself!!! You can obtain the brake relining kits
> from several

I just read (I think in Skinned Knuckles) a useful trick for making this job a bit easier. You want the lining pressed firmly against the shoe when you rivet it, and sometimes that takes more hands than you have.

Get a U-type muffler clamp with a throat as wide as your brake shoe. Cut a piece of 1/4 or 3/8 inch steel about one inch by a bit longer than the outside dimension of your U bolt. Drill two holes in it to fit the ends of the U bolt.

Now you fit the new lining to the shoe, and clamp it in place with this clamp (the flat steel pressing against the lining near the central holes). This holds the lining firmly against the shoe while you place the rivets and peen them over. Move the clamp as you go, working in either direction from the center.

Loose shoes are fine on you, not on your brakes.

Ray Gibbons


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