Ownership Verified: 1000lbs. Lighter! 1987 Mercury Colony Park

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Tried to tackle the drums last weekend since the previous owner was so kind in giving me shoes.



It doesn't look bad at all but they're super shiny which seems weird...


Great, the wheel cylinder looks damp...



Wait a second....




Well shit... It would seem that I've got the 11" brakes on the rear. Drums, shoes, cylinders are on order now.

This is where we're at now...

 

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Don't forget to get a hardware and spring kit for it - it's cheap and you don't have to clean up cruddy old hardware.
 

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Don't forget to get a hardware and spring kit for it - it's cheap and you don't have to clean up cruddy old hardware.
Seconded, but if my old Mustang is anything to go by he'll still have to clean and reuse a few parts even with the hardware kits.
 

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Seconded, but if my old Mustang is anything to go by he'll still have to clean and reuse a few parts even with the hardware kits.
Oh I’ve got that too. The shoes, drums, and wheel cylinders are what we’re needed to be ordered. Closest shop was an hour away but there’s no highway to get to that town. Rather than get annoyed with suburban driving, I decided to just have them deliver to the store that’s only a mile away.
 

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Well, all parts came in that means we can commence work, yes?



uh oh....



My favorite part about projects, having to stop because something's gone wrong we didn't prepare for. Brake lines came apart easy, didn't. Able to replace the brake line with a new line from the store, can't. It turns out for whatever reason, the thread size is different on the wheel cylinder side from the Y splitter thats perched on top of the diff so that means I get to lay on my back while blindly loosening up things. Like a blind man in an orgy, I was feeling my way through.

Thanks to nearly bank hours for auto parts stores I can't just pop over and get what I need right now.

At least I had a working stereo for me tunes in the garage.



Sometimes I think I should stick to electrical things...
 

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So I started replacing drum hardware in the back but I was held back with finishing due to the splitter that takes the rear brake line coming from the master cylinder to the rear having different sized threads than the wheel cylinders, I got pissed and left this alone. I started the project in June and only today got back to it. I had a fresh set of eyes look at it and it turns out the adapters I got that I was told wouldn’t work, is correct and this whole time I could have had a driving vehicle. Hopefully this week it’ll be finished and I can drive the old fuel out of the tank so I can refill and store it for winter. Ugh. I think come spring I will sell it since this whole time, I wasn’t missing it, I’ve been having fun with the Golf GTI and I got a new company car that isn’t a Jeep Patriot, I’m not seeing the need for a 3rd car.
 

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What's wrong with a Jeep Patriot? 🤣
 

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More set backs! I love set backs!

So, trying to remove the brake line out of the splitter on the drivers side proved pointless as the brake fitting is now rounded off after many applications of Deep Creep and heat did nothing. As is par for the course, I really do think thread sprays are snake oil because I've never had that stuff work and it ends up getting everything coated in oil. Still, I have since ordered what is simply called a "hydraulic hose" (the splitter) because the brake line that goes the length of the vehicle from the front comes comes out of the splitter and this rounded off POS doesn't so I'm replacing it, ETA is Monday.
 

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Are you talking about the combination block near the master cylinder? Or is this the block that sits on the rear axle housing?
 

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On rounded out brake line fittings I can usually take a pair of Visegrips and really clamp them on there. I think that sort of ovals the fitting slightly allowing the fitting to come out. Plus the teeth on the jaws really did into whatever shitty soft metal those fittings are made from.
 
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