Re: IML: Brake Line Kit & Shoes for '60-'62 models
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Re: IML: Brake Line Kit & Shoes for '60-'62 models

If you go to the Rock Auto web site they always have an item and the price for the same item from several other vendors.
J.C. Whitney is usually near the top in price.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joe Strickland"
To: "Imperial Mail List"
Subject: IML: Brake Line Kit & Shoes for '60-'62 models
Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2007 15:04:07 -0500

To the Group;

I ordered a kit from J C Whitney that included
a 25 ft. coil of 3/16 inch tin plated steel
tubing for repairing the brake lines in my
Imperial. The price for the kit was $34.99
plus shipping $11.99. I had visited the
website for Classic Tube and had them send me a
catalog. As it turned out Classic Tube was the
supplier for J C Whitney. The same kit in
Classic Tube's catalog is priced at $18.95. J
C Whitney marked the item up about 185%. If
you need brake lines for your Imperial, check
with Classic Tube first. They do have exact
patterns for a '62 according to a
representative I spoke with. They may have to
make the set for you and there will be a delay
of perhaps a few days before it gets shipped.

If you buy a set of brake shoes for a '60-'62
model, check how the lining is finished along
the edges of the curved steel backing where the
lining is attached. Make sure that the lining
does not extend beyond the edges of the metal
underneath. If it does you may have a problem
when the brakes are applied. On my '62 the
linings on one shoe were allowed to extend
beyond the edge of the metal and when I applied
the brakes it broke part of the lining off.
The lining material caught on the edge of the
platforms it rides on and cracked the lining
material in a circular pattern. Fortunately
the broken material stayed in place and did not
get caught under the shoe against the drum
surface. There are excellent pictures in the
Factory Service Manuals and Master Technician
articles on our club website about "Center
Plane" and "Total Contact Brakes" to help you
remove, install and adjust the brake parts on
these cars.


Fred Joslin

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