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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-21-2019, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Self Brake Adjusters -Standard or Optional ?

Where the self brake adjusters an option or standard for 66 ? My car does not have them but, the manual shows them on the front and rear drum brakes. Did someone just toss mine or where they never installed ? Thanks

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Where the self brake adjusters an option or standard for 66 ? My car does not have them but, the manual shows them on the front and rear drum brakes. Did someone just toss mine or where they never installed ? Thanks
My goodness! Leaving parts out of a brake assembly? Bad idea! The brakes will eventually wear and become ineffective and UNSAFE. Please fix that before ya get on the road with the rest of us.

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They were absolutely standard. Post pics of your brakes. I am assuming you are just missing the cable and adjuster piece. You must hav3 te star wheels or the brakes wouldn’t work at all.

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Right, the cable and adjuster arm are missing on all 4 wheels. I just have to manually adjust them at the star like many vintage cars. I felt certain that the self-adjusters were standard b ut thought I'd ask first. I'll order the kits and install them. Thanks

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My goodness! Leaving parts out of a brake assembly? Bad idea! The brakes will eventually wear and become ineffective and UNSAFE. Please fix that before ya get on the road with the rest of us.
Relax bro. My brakes are fine. I just have to manually adjust them every so often. Many vintage cars running around without self adjusters installed.
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They were standard. People would remove the lever because they were too lazy to make sure everything was in working shape.
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Haha I thought you meant the whole adjuster assembly wasn't there. It helps to have the cable and such so it adjusts a little each time you back up.

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•Rally Pac •Console •Deluxe Belts
•LOTS of Rotunda accessories

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'66 Emberglo / Parchment deluxe coupe
•289 / 2100 •C4 Auto
•Dealer A/C • Console
•Dual Exhaust • Power Steering

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Definitely put em back in. I love backing up aggressively and slamming on the brakes a couple of times and calling my afternoons brake adjustment job done. Worth their weight... always hated trying to decide just how much drag or noise was right. There is always that moment of how-did-this-go-together when the pile o parts are on the ground but somehow we all get through it...
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Also know, there is a "left" and a "right" star wheel assembly and each has identifying marks.
If I recall, the left (driver's side) tube has Two circumference indentations near the end and the "star" is stamped with a "L". The right tube has One indentation around its circumference and the Star stamped with a "R". This is how my early 65 assemblies are marked.
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Just ordered the parts from MPD.

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NPD. Sorry about the typo.

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