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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:18 pm 

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Does anyone know a good source for brake shoes for a 46 Desoto sedan? The ones I got from ebay are a tad to big for the drums to fit on even with them adjusted in all the way?

PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:16 am 

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The shoes you have are likely correct. Your brake shoes may need to be arced to the drum. Do a Google search for "arcing drum brakes" and you will find both posts and video links on this topic. This link to a Plymouth forum may be most applicable: ... -the-drum/

I had this same issue on my '55 sedan. Same basic brake set up as your '46. New shoes and adjustment cams all the way in and drums would not fit. Fortunately, a local AACA Region member used to own a brake shop and had the old machine which performs this task. He did the work and the drums fit like a glove.

Good luck. Let us know how things work out.


PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:15 pm 

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I have some original in the box linings with rivets if you are interested. The box says they fit all except 7 passenger sedan and limo. E-mail me at

PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:51 pm 
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I have a brake-shoe grinder if you can't find anybody local.

Would need the diameter of the brake drums measured with a micrometer.

It's supposed to be fun!
1949 De Soto Custom Convertible (project)

PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:13 pm 

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Some folks may not be aware that the anchor lug itself is an adjustment cam. So loosen the nuts on the aft side of the backing plates and rotate the lugs with the arrows pointing toward each other.

Good Luck

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