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1953 brake return spring

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I was underneath my '53 for several hours yesterday adjusting brakes and flushing the lines, and I noticed that my brake pedal return spring has seen better days.  To save myself some running around needlessly, has anybody used a generic off-the-shelf spring before, or is this a specialty piece?  Thanks!

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Sometimes ya see an NOS on EBay, but a generic will do.  Put a short piece of sliced heater hose on the center curved piece with zip ties to keep it from banging around as you drive rough roads.

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Brake pedal or E brake? (which is what I think Doug is talking about)

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OOPS, sorry...  Look up Lamar Wilkins in Palmdale, CA.  He had a 53 parts car, IIRC.  661-478-0690

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It's the brake pedal I'm talking about (I already have the zip tied heater hose on the e-brake).  :)

 

My car's a southern car and the spring hasn't given any signs of problems, but old springs are always potential problems in my experience, so I'm looking for a new one.  It sounds like I'll have to improvise.  

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Home Depot has an assortment of springs in the specialty hardware section.  Lowe's does as well. Check Amazon. Oddly enough I needed a ball bearing for my manual transmission. I found the correct size on Amazon.

Edited by avgwarhawk (see edit history)

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If you are fortunate enough to have an Ace hardware store nearby, I would look there. I’m always amazed at what they have in the hardware aisle that I need for these old cars.

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