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Old 06-01-2009, 08:44 PM   #1
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Brake Adjuster for '66 Overlander?

One of my brake adjuster and spring came apart insidethe drum. The pieces are in sad shape so I need to replace the adjuster and spring. I took apart one of the other brakes and took out a good spring and adjuster with hopes that I could get a "generic" replacement from my local auto parts store. Now I show my idiocy..I lost half of my GOOD adjuster (I swear it was in my pocket this morning!). Does anyone know what kind of adjusters (2 now!) I need? I really don't want to tear apart another drum...

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Old 06-01-2009, 09:35 PM   #2
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Brake Adjuster

I was at NAPA today looking for a spring for my brake adjuster on my 68 Trade. The noise I thought was a bearing turned out to be the broken adjuster spring rubbing. Napa shows a part number for a "kit". Has spring and adjuster. I bought it and took it home, $10 or so. Well the spring in the kit wasn't exactly like the one that was broken and would not work. Going back to NAPA and spending time looking through old catalogs we found the correct brake and spring for my A/S. Guess what, when the guy called the warehouse they said that the part number we needed had been replaced by the kit I had already tried. So, I say all this to say if you find the spring, let me know, but NAPA does not have the correct replacement.
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Old 06-01-2009, 09:37 PM   #3
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when I rebuilt our 66 with the original axles (I was about to trade it so didn't replace the backing plates) and found that taking what I had into one of the older RV parts houses that they had the springs and star adjusters in all their old pre-computer stock. All my adjuster springs had rusted off, in fact one failed causing the adjuster to fall and jam between the backing plate and drum, causing us to lock up and get stuck downtown while I took things apart to figure out the problem.

If you're keeping this awhile, you'll probably want to replace all the springs because if one has failed, they all aren't far behind. May want to just replace the entire backing plate etc. Also check your axle before putting much into your current brakes, if they are shot you might as well do it all at once.
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:07 PM   #4
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My axles seem to be in good shape. New backing plates are probably in the near future, but for now I'm hoping to just get moving (or stopping). I see there's a kit at
our of doors mart

Adjusting Screw Kit SKU638 - $8.95 : ODMRV , Out-of-Doors Mart

Anyone tried these?
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:12 PM   #5
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If you want to bite the bullet on backing plates try this place. If you buy them just a tip that both Airstream and Dexter gave me - match the capacity to the trailer - more capacity than original was not recommended.

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Old 06-02-2009, 06:45 AM   #6
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What size/weight would my '66 Overlander need? I'm not sure what weight rating was originally?

Any Thoughts?
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:10 AM   #7
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I called Airstream when I bought mine - they advised 12 x 2 - 5,200 for a 71 Overlander - my original thought was the 7,000 but they and Dexter both advised against that. Is it 12 or 10" brakes on a 66?
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I'm not sure. I'll have to measure them. Do you go by outside dimensions of the drum itself?
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The 10" have a 4 bolt mount to the axle and the 12's have a 5 bolt mount - may be easier than measuring them.....
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I am in the process of replacing my 1966 tandem axles including backing plates, brakes and drums. If you cannot locate new hardware let me know.
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I am in the process of replacing my 1966 tandem axles including backing plates, brakes and drums. If you cannot locate new hardware let me know.
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I can find all the parts independently, but now I don't know whether or not to just buy the complete new backing plates. Like all projects the costs just seem to go up and up! Right now I just need two adjusters and the two springs the go directly below them. If you're looiking to part with any of your old pieces let me know what you want for what you have. New brakes are probably in my near future, but it wouldne't hurt to have parts to service what I have until I get 'em. Also, you can email me at randylindberg@hotmail.com

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