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Old 10-30-2006, 02:09 PM
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Rebuilding my Rear Drum brakes from bare backing plates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

does anybody know of any site that would assist me in the rebuilding of my 72 Novas rear drum brakes. i already have all brand new hardware and parts and bare backing plates! i need to know how to put all the parts on! Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Usually in these type of situations what I do is remove both brake drums but only tear down one side at a time.

This way I have the other side as a reference "Just incase."
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Here is a simplified drawing to start..

You can also check here for other diagrams.

http://www.carbibles.com/brake_bible.html
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The short shoe goes to the front.

You should be able to pick up a Haynes or Chiltons manual up at your local autoparts house. In it you'll find the necesarry instructions to put your brakes back together.

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Usually in these type of situations what I do is remove both brake drums but only tear down one side at a time.

This way I have the other side as a reference "Just incase."
I've been doing brakes since I was a teenager many.many years ago and I still do it this way.....
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I agree with doing only one side at a time...but it presumes that the idiot who did the brakes the last time knew what he was doing. I found that out the hard way.
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I do them one side at a time as well, but the cautionary statement above is correct. On my most recent acquisition, a 67 mustang, whoever did the brake job last left a couple of parts off. I only knew this from experience. So if you don't have any, best to get a manual.
Good luck.
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Chilton used to make a $15 paperback book for the 68-74ish Nova's. I know I had one in the garage in the 80's when we ran these as oval track car's. If your doing alot of work on the car, you may want to see if Chilton still makes these. The book will basically show you everything you need to know to work on the engine, tranny, front suspension and rear suspension on these nova's.

Godd Luck and have fun, these Nova's are very good cars

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