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NC Adventurer
Posted 2020-03-02 2:04 PM (#595080)
Subject: Those %#$(^%$% Brake Drum Springs


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I had my brake drums powder coated and they came out great. The guy who did them took the springs off, stretched them to allow for a complete coating and they also look fantastic.

My issue now is getting the springs back onto the drums. I've tried all the ides I can come up with and am at a loss as to how to make this happen.

I know come humbled before the great minds of the FLN and ask your best advice on the best way to reinstall these patience trying springs.
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1960fury
Posted 2020-03-02 3:07 PM (#595082 - in reply to #595080)
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Powder coated drums? Do you plan to drive the car?
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Posted 2020-03-02 5:39 PM (#595092 - in reply to #595080)
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might wanna try a brake tool -------------------------------------------later
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NC Adventurer
Posted 2020-03-02 6:29 PM (#595097 - in reply to #595082)
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Sure do, Sid. I hate to see rusty brake drums on a classy car. I've done them in the past and never had an issue.

The contact surface on the inside was masked before coating. They look fantastic!
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Posted 2020-03-02 7:09 PM (#595100 - in reply to #595097)
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So you're not concerned that the heat from the drums will cause the power coating to burn off ?

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NC Adventurer
Posted 2020-03-02 7:29 PM (#595101 - in reply to #595100)
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I've never had it happen before. I've done it on other cars and didn't have an issue.
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56D500boy
Posted 2020-03-02 7:33 PM (#595102 - in reply to #595080)
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I hope you get an answer that works. I asked the same question 3 years ago after I accidentally rolled
one off one of my rear drums while painting them with silver high heat brake caliper paint. I tried some of the suggestions
that I was given, including using a brake return spring tool (and various prying techniques) but none of
them worked for me. The spring is still off. I don't think it makes much difference for normal driving but
I would still like to get it back on.

I will watch this thread for updates.



Edited by 56D500boy 2020-03-03 11:39 AM
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StillOutThere
Posted 2020-03-02 9:12 PM (#595107 - in reply to #595080)
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The springs are there to dampen (hopefully eliminate) the harmonics (sounds) generated during braking. Other car brands have them also. When they aren't there, if they don't make noise, no big deal.
Wouldn't be a problem if they were not removed. I can't conceive of powder coating brake drums for appearance sake. Even with wire wheels since they have very large centers covering most of the drum. With steel disc wheels, certainly not.
Now in the '60s, when show cars at rod and customs shows, were displayed with one or two wheel/tires off the car one might be displaying CHROME suspension bits and CHROME brake drums. And those cars were NEVER driven, just statically displayed and trailered.
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1960fury
Posted 2020-03-03 8:46 AM (#595122 - in reply to #595097)
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NC Adventurer - 2020-03-02 6:29 PM

Sure do, Sid. I hate to see rusty brake drums on a classy car. I've done them in the past and never had an issue.

The contact surface on the inside was masked before coating. They look fantastic!


I'm not aware of any powder coat that can cope with that, since the temperatures during powder coating are usually less than that what can be achieved during braking and I guess it does not help to shed the heat either.
But if it worked for your application, great, that is all what matters.
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Ev's62Chrysler
Posted 2020-03-03 12:19 PM (#595130 - in reply to #595080)
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See video on installing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FufAUoBohnQ

Anyone know where to buy them? I am missing at least one, probably off the drum that's howling badly.
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Posted 2020-03-03 1:45 PM (#595135 - in reply to #595080)
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On my '60 wagon, one front spring was missing and the other one was loose. I guess it lost its tension from being rusty. I'm probably going to just swap the drums out for cleaner ones I have.




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Powerflite
Posted 2020-03-03 3:51 PM (#595142 - in reply to #595080)
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Thanks for the video link. That was unexpectedly entertaining.
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57chizler
Posted 2020-03-03 4:33 PM (#595147 - in reply to #595130)
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I've been doing it for years just like the video except I use two screwdrivers; much ado about nothing.
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b5rt
Posted 2020-03-03 7:20 PM (#595154 - in reply to #595080)
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I considered powder coating my drums but was afraid that would make them retain heat and lead to fading. Instead I blasted them and gave them a light coating of high heat engine paint.
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56D500boy
Posted 2020-03-03 9:29 PM (#595163 - in reply to #595147)
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57chizler - 2020-03-03 1:33 PM
I've been doing it for years just like the video except I use two screwdrivers; much ado about nothing.


I see and understand the procedure but a) he did struggle with it (so not "piece of cake" and b) the drum is off the car. My drum it still
on the car. Which will make the clamping more challenging.

But I will try it when I get home (in SoCal at the moment).

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NC Adventurer
Posted 2020-03-04 8:26 AM (#595188 - in reply to #595130)
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Ev's62Chrysler - 2020-03-03 12:19 PM

See video on installing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FufAUoBohnQ

Anyone know where to buy them? I am missing at least one, probably off the drum that's howling badly.


Thanks a million, Ev. I had checked YouTube and somehow missed that video. I've already put the drums back on the front so I'll be trying to install the springs with the drums on the car. Hopefully they'll go on as easily as the video shows.
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NC Adventurer
Posted 2020-03-04 8:30 AM (#595189 - in reply to #595154)
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b5rt - 2020-03-03 7:20 PM

I considered powder coating my drums but was afraid that would make them retain heat and lead to fading. Instead I blasted them and gave them a light coating of high heat engine paint.


I've powder coated drums on a few vehicles already with no ill effects on the drum, the shoes and the coating holds up great to the heat. Even when drums are painted, they tend to rust. I've always hated that look. My original plan was to use aftermarket wheels - Torq Thrusts - which would allow the drum to show through the wheels, so looking as good as possible is a factor.
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