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Author Topic: Front end difference 55-62, 63 only, 64 - 67  (Read 4183 times)
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« on: October 25, 2010, 09:57:50 PM »
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Front ends should more realistically be labeled as

55 - 62
63 only
64-67

While not all 63's are of the "only" type most are.

Lets break it down.

55 -62 have small link pins and big snout brakes
9 times out of 10 these brakes will NOT work with after market wheels

63 only have small link pins and later flat brakes
Early 63's use the 55 - 62 style spindles / brakes

64 - 67 have big link pins and later flat brakes.

The snout is the easiest way to tell what brakes you are dealing with. Another is the way the grease caps fits.

Early - The cap goes in to the drum



Late - The cap fits over the drum with a lip to pop it off.




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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2010, 10:45:52 AM »
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Very good info, thanks Greg
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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2010, 11:00:51 AM »
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Not sure why, but 5+ 63's have passed through my shop in the last few months and when talking to the customers beforehand the subject of brakes / wheels is alwys the catch so I figured I'd post some info here to direct future customers too.
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2010, 04:24:51 PM »
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 Not sure if you just want to delete this post 
 But
On both my buses I had  late spindles pressed onto the early carriers. Making 63 only spindles.
 So I could use late brakes on my early beam/arms. Mainly because late brakes are cheaper and easier to find. You can get late wheel cylinders at most auto parts stores.
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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2010, 09:39:56 PM »
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In this day and age early wheel cylinders are pretty cheap / readily available too, although not as much as the later stuff.
Making "63 only" spindles using a late / early combo has been pretty common, around here at least, for the past few years.

After market wheels on an early bus is usually the reason. That's why I have so many "63 only" spindles handy and most of my beams have early arms / bushings. All of those left over late carriers / early spindles get the Porsche Hybrid treatment so there is no waste.

My first question when I get a call about a drop job is, "what wheels do you want to run?" Once I know that I can build the drop to suit the wheels. People that try to do all the figuring out ahead of time usually miss something, so as much as I appreciate the input I tell hem to let me figure it out.


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