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Old 06-14-2019, 06:02 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm working on a 57 Bel Air that I inherited from my father. I'm having some issues w/ the brakes, and was hoping for some suggestions. I was on the freeway with it the other day, and I lost all engine power after about 15 minutes. I smelled brake material, and the right rear drum was white hot (I couldn't put my finger on it for even a half second). The other 3 corners were fine.

Some brake work was recently done at a shop, and they looked at it again and everything looked fine to them. They took it on some long test drives (20 min plus) and things were Ok with them. But even driving it around town for 10 minutes, with maybe 10-12 stops, the right rear is super hot (and the other 3 are fine).

Without taking the drum off, is there anything externally I can look at? Any suggestions? I have not used the e-brake, so I do not suspect it's hanging up. Thanks for any help.
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First I would find another shop. The brakes on these cars have to be manually adjusted, and it sounds like the RR is too tight. Jack the rear of the car up, motor off and in neutral, and see if you can turn the wheels with your hands easily.
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The workshop manual has a procedure as well.
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pull the drum and make sure the long shoe is in the rear and short one is in front. also make sure the brakes are adjusted properly.
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I came across this very same scenario on a '57 4 door hardtop, I tried everything, looked at everything and nothing would make it stop until someone else noticed the exhaust pipe was very close to the hub where it was bent over the axle, it was moved further away and the owner of the car told me it fixed the problem...I never verified but he didn't complain about that problem again. I changed the flex brake line, wheel cylinder, brake pads, brake pad hardware, adjusted shoes, adjusted E-brake.
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That drum is probably all scored as well,may need replacement.
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Could be a broken return spring or a sticking wheel cylinder although neither are likely. As mentioned the drum is going to probably need to be replaced or at least turned.
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