Time to clean up the backing plates--they were a mess. Here's what I took off that side:
|That gunk is about an inch deep!|
She cleaned up nicely. I fought the temptation to paint it--it has a nice patina to it and, well, this is going to be a driver, not a show car/trailer queen. So it'll soon be covered in grease and road grime again.
|This is the "back" side.|
Time to start putting it back together. Here's the front side of the backing plate in place.
Next up, the rear axle seal. That's a felt washer inside that housing.
And here's the brakes starting to come together:
There's the completed assembly, right before I installed the drum. Now you'll note that there's an empty hole right about in the middle of front brake shoe--that's for a self adjusting mechanism that this car is supposed to be equipped with but the parts for it weren't there--it is missing on all 4 wheels.
Here's a pic--sorry for the low quality:
|Numbers 8 & 9 are the missing bits|
And here's the finished product:
|I really need to polish those hubcaps|