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1989 Escort Wagon Drum brakes

Discussion in '1st Gen 1981-1990 CVH' started by dog2580, May 4, 2020.

  1. dog2580

    dog2580 FEOA Member

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    I replaced the brake shoes on my '89 wagon over the weekend and when I put the wheel on and tightened the lug nuts I could no longer turn the wheel. I pulled the drums back off and the only thing that I see is that I have very badly bent backing plates. Any ideas where I can get a new set of backing plates?
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    I wonder if the backing plates got bent from installing the drum and tightening the lug nuts - over a pair of brake shoes that might have been off-centered.....And therefore, if the backing plates could be unbent, using a large pipe wrench or pipe clamp or other non-mechanic tool.
    As for where to find replacement backing plates, either trying a google search at "lkq auto parts", or similar syndicated auto dismantlers. Another type of business would be a shop that handles repairing crashed cars. And of course, if you could find a similar car in a junkyard anywhere. It would be a good idea to do an ebay search, using whatever info you have on the brake backing plates. If you find a seller on ebay handling replacement brake drums, you could send them an 'ebay email' (since ebay insists on staying in the loop between sellers and buyers) and asking them if they know a source for backing plates.

    Anytime you install new brake shoes, you can expect them to be a very snug fit. When I do this I commonly find the drums wont turn easily, and it may take a lever bar across the lugs to get it to turn. Also smacking the sides of the drum with a hammer, to get the shoes to sit fully collapsed and centered. In almost no case can I recall a new set of shoes that would turn freely after first installation. After one trip around the block - yes, since that would rub off any projecting features on the shoe braking material.

    And of course the self adjusters need to be fully collapsed, and able to rotate as the shoes wear.
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    1982 EXPert FEOA Member

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    I second the notion of bending the plate back, you'll never find a replacement unless you have access to a parts car nearby
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  4. ricksgt

    ricksgt MY 1989 Ford Escort Terlingua GT .

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    I have both sides for the rear brake drum plate if you need it , if you have the smaller brake shoes I mean , 7 inch I think ,,Escort GT is 8 inch ,,they are bigger shoes , I can take a picture and send if needed , again I have both sides ,rust free ;) .
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    ricksgt MY 1989 Ford Escort Terlingua GT .

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    I might also have some other First Gen Escort -- 7 inch rear drum brake hardware I can give you , but again you will have to pay shipping fee to your address . ,,let me check tomorrow and take picture ;),,please reply if you still need the rear brake drum backing plate ,,thanks. :D
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    ricksgt MY 1989 Ford Escort Terlingua GT .

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    OK,, I found them , these were painted with high heat red engine paint a few years ago and put away ( No rust ) , these came off a 1988 Ford Escort 2-door pony car ,,a parts car I got a few years back , look for the part number in the pictures ,hope you can see it ,, these are for the smaller brake drum shoes ( 7 inch ) . :D:thumbsup:;),,take care ,,let me know if you still need them . :) ( First Gen Escort - rear brake drum backing plates ) .
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