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1948 Dodge 1 Ton Stake Truck (B1D)


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Guest julmans1

Hi Folks...I'm new to the forum.

I have a 1948 Dodge B1D, 1 Ton Stake truck. Been used on the farms for close to fifty years and then sat in the barn for about 14 years.

I went to get a new exhaust on it today and on my way home the brakes went out on me. I was able to get her stopped with no damage. Ended up getting a flat bed haul three miles to my house.

The front of Truck is on jack stands. I have the left front tire off since brake fluid was leaking from the hub. I am figuring the brake cylinder inside the hub is leaking. I know I need to take off the axle bolt and cotter pin. Can anybody give me some direction on next steps?

Thanks in advance for your help...

Juls

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I removed the cotter pin, and axle bolt, and the wheel bearring and the hub slid right off. I had easy access to the brake cylinder inside the hub. I removed the brake line on the back of the hub and loosened the two bolts on the back of the hub that holds the brake cylinder in place.

Now, I see that the brake cylinder parts are just put together and there doesn't seem like anything that really holds them together.

My question here is: Do I need to replace the rubber pieces inside the brake cylinder. The parts look like they are in good shape. This is where I am stumped because I don't think I will be able to buy replacement parts for the brake cylinder because they may not be in stock anywhere.

Do I just clean up the parts and try to put the brake cylinder back together?

Any help is greatly appreciated...

Juls

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You should be able to get new cups and brake parts from Napa. Take your parts into them and they will match them up. As a brake mechanic, I would suggest replacing the rubber parts.

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Hi Keiser,

I was able to order a repair kit for the brake cylinder from Autozone Auto Parts. Thank you so much for your feedback...I really appreciate it.

I find it amazing how the fluid stays inside the brake cylinder. I guess the rubber pieces fit into the cylinder rather tightly and cause a suction so the fluid does not leak.

I hope to add pictures soon for this endeavor so that it may help someone else down the road. I will keep the forum up to date to my progress on rebuilding the brake cylinder.

Thanks,

Juls

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