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1963 Austin Metro Van FG K60 03 Feb 2014 17:43 #136441

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Hello, I am helping to get the above van roadworthy. It is in good nic but has sat for 6 years under cover. Brakes are tight, water leaks etc.
First challenge is getting the rear brake drum off, it looks as though I need to remove the half axle and then the drum, is this so, are there any traps?
Appreciate any advice offered.
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Re: 1963 Austin Metro Van FG K60 03 Feb 2014 21:49 #136442

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The brakes will be hydraulic so the problems will be common to car hyraulic systems. It is likely that the handbrake has been left on and the linkages are frozen that way. Start with the eazy stuff first - disconnect hand brake linkage as near to drums as you can and see if eases off. I am not familiar with the FG but there should not be any need to take half shafts out - remove wheels and there maybe some keeper screws holding the drum to the hub.

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Re: 1963 Austin Metro Van FG K60 03 Feb 2014 22:13 #136443

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Mammoth, thanks for the reply. I have done the things you suggest and the brakes are loose now. I want to take the drum off to inspect the linings and the rubbers. I have never seen a drum like this, the wheel studs are fixed to the drum, the drum is held in with a ring nut under the half axle flange. My question is will i upset anything if I remove the half axle and the drum, are there bearings with preload on them for example. I can see how to take it apart, I just want to do so without upsetting anything else.
Thanks again.
Alex

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Re: 1963 Austin Metro Van FG K60 06 Feb 2014 21:55 #136444

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I don't have a manual for them, and it sounds quite odd. As the BMC trucks carry the genome of pre war Morris and Austins I had a look at a 1930's Morris Commercial 3 tonner. It seems that the brake drum and the hub are the one item, and as you say, to remove the brake drum you have to follow what would be the procedure for removing a hub in a more conventional truck. That is remove the half shaft, then the bearing retaining nut and tab washer etc.
The bearings should be set so that there is "only a perceptible amount of end play".

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Re: 1963 Austin Metro Van FG K60 07 Feb 2014 19:37 #136445

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Mammoth, I found a mechanic today who also has an old Austin and has worked on these type of brake drums, he felt they were quite common! He described the procedure precisely as you have.
Bottom line is that I am comfortable to take it apart now and will do so to make sure all is well under the drum. The truck has been in a museum and it appears the hand brake has been on for 6 years.
Many thanks for your help, I appreciate it.
Alex

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Re: 1963 Austin Metro Van FG K60 07 Feb 2014 22:23 #136446

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I don't have a manual for them, and it sounds quite odd. As the BMC trucks carry the genome of pre war Morris and Austins I had a look at a 1930's Morris Commercial 3 tonner. It seems that the brake drum and the hub are the one item, and as you say, to remove the brake drum you have to follow what would be the procedure for removing a hub in a more conventional truck. That is remove the half shaft, then the bearing retaining nut and tab washer etc.
The bearings should be set so that there is "only a perceptible amount of end play".

Zackly the same as an English 'D-Series' Ford. :)
1964 Dennis F34 fire pump with wheeled escape
1949 Dennis F1 fire pump
1948 Fordson E83W 10/10 pickup
1935 Morris Eight Series 1 2-door sedan

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Re: 1963 Austin Metro Van FG K60 10 Feb 2014 13:17 #136447

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Must be an English thing. Waiting the rebuild of the brake booster at the moment and it will be on the road. The booster is also interesting, called a hydrovac, it is in the brake line after (and separate from) the master cylinder, like an add on.
Alex

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Re: 1963 Austin Metro Van FG K60 27 Mar 2014 19:41 #136448

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Registered this week, thanks for the help, much appreciated.
Alex

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Re: 1963 Austin Metro Van FG K60 27 Mar 2014 19:59 #136449

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How about a pic of your van?
Ill think of something shortly

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Re: 1963 Austin Metro Van FG K60 28 Mar 2014 04:30 #136450

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Is it something like this
www.flickr.com/photos/46046969@N03/13259635284/in/photostream/
Seen last week at Fielding

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