1962 Ford Falcon breaks grabs one side premature

Tiny
FAL
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  • 1962 FORD FALCON
  • 1.8L
  • 6 CYL
  • MANUAL
  • 50,000 MILES
Hi.
I have an odd problem.
Been doing brakes myself off and on for many years.
Im restoring a 62 falcon.
4 to 5 years ago I replaced all the brake lines.
The drums are scored just a bit, but the pads were new years ago.
I really dont put any miles on it so all has been working awesome.
Until right after this winter. Out of no where the dr side front grabs
first and locks up each time you apply breaks, until you pump it up
a few time for a minute, then its fine. Unless you let it sit again for a
couple hours. I decided to replace the wheel cylinders an ruff up the
shoes and drums with a little sand paper. I adjusted the shoes up close
to the drums, and also bled them, and the same thing still happens.
Its so drastic that it makes no sense to me. All I can think is for some
reason the drums are causing it, so Im going to swap them and see if
the problem switches sides. As I say, Ive had drums scored much much
worse and pads to the metal, and never had this happen?
Do you
have the same problem?
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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 AT 12:08 PM

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Tiny
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You should ALWAYS true up the drums and make sure they are the correct size, it 's stamped right on them. Check for grease on the linings if it is you'll need new ones. It's beyond me why people decide to go cheap on brakes when you have a 3000LB projectile running down the road.
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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 AT 3:43 PM
Tiny
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I'VE RUN INTO "GLUED ON" LININGS COMING UNGLUED

THEN BINDING UP AS THEY SCOOT AROUND FREELY

I HAD THIS PROBLEM WITH MY '46 WILLYS JEEP (BRAKES ABOUT 8 YEARS OLD)

AND WITH MY '95 NEON (PUPPY JUST LOOKED UP HARD!) SEE DRAG MARKS IN MY YARD. THESE WERE ABOUT 5 YEARS OLD

SINCE THIS HAPPENED TO ME TWICE, I REALLY TRY TO BUY RIVETED LININGS FOR MY STUFF NOW

INSURE YOU HAVE THE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SHOES IN THEIR CORRECT LOCATIONS (NOT 2 SHORTS ON ONE SIDE, 2 LONGS ON THE OTHER, OR THE PRIMARY'S AT THE REAR. THIS APPLIES FOR BOTH FRONT AND REAR AXLES)

THE MEDIC
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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 AT 7:51 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for responding so quickly, and I appreciate these suggestions.
I wasnt expecting to be refered to as cheap, and irresponsible.
Just because I have seen pads to the metal, doesnt mean I
wait till that time to change them.
Im going to assume that statement was just a general referance.
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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 AT 5:41 AM
Tiny
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Yes it was a general reference but if there are scores in the drum they go right to the brake linings and you end up with just new linings that are already damaged. BEsides you don't know if the drum is to correct size if not measured which is a very strong possibility and it causes not to have good brakes because the drums are out of round as well as being oversized so they heat up quickly and don't work as well after warm.
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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 AT 6:46 AM

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