Originally Posted by badger
O.K. maby I'm a little confused. It looks like that round object at the bottom of the brake assembly is the magnet, which means I do have electric brakes? The assemblies seems pretty old and are covered in grease and asian lady beatle carcasses. Should I just clean them up and reassemble, or spring for all new ($120+)?
Once grease gets on brake shoes, they are no longer good for brake service.
You can clean them until no tomorrow and the first time they get hot, from braking, the grease will again surface.
Best bet is to replace the backing plates. Many parts for 50 year old electric brakes, are no longer available.
A pair of 12 inch backing plates are available from many sources for less than $100.00.