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Rover 10 1937 Brakes

Posted: Mon May 11, 2020 12:54 pm
by IanPatt
Would anyone be able to advise as to where I can get brake shoes relined or where I can get replacement from?
Also, whilst these are off I may need to replace drivers side oil seal , is this a home DIY job if I can find someone with a press??
I believe there are two seals on each so would it be a safe move to replace the outer seal first and see if that cures it or is it best left to a more experienced mechanic?
Any advise would be appreciated.

Re: Rover 10 1937 Brakes

Posted: Mon May 11, 2020 8:07 pm
by TonyG
Hi, I used s firm called Saftek in Cleckheaton near Telford to re line my brakes. It was about 5 years ago and cost about £140 for all eight shoes to be done. They won't give an exact price until they get the shoes but the service was quick and I had them back looking 'as new' within a week. Worth mentioning To them that they will be used on a car with rod brakes so they use the softest compound lining.

Obviously you need to do the oil seal before putting the new brakes on. I think the procedure is covered in the workshop manual. I bought new seals and bearings for both my rear hubs on my 37 p2 for about £100 in 2018 from a firm called 'Polar Bearings' in Colchester where I live. They were quality USA manufacture and the numbers for the bearings are written on them. I think this info is also in the manual. I can't remember if the bearing has to come off to do the seal but a press is definitely required for this job. I bought one from eBay- a cheap Chinese thing that cost less than £100 brand new. However, if you get the bits it might be worth finding an engineering firm to do them. All you have to do is pull the half shafts and dismantle the hubs. The original seals were leather, which I recall can be sourced by the bearing supplier but modern plastic ones are a direct replacement on the 37 model. My 36 Tourer required the hubs machining to accept the new seals. Again, this is covered in the manual. Worth noting that your half shafts, although identical in length, are different as there is a threaded section I believe which locks in the bearing and one side is a left handed thread. I'm trying to remember exactly but you will see once the shafts are out what I'm referring to. Apologies but I'm not at home so cannot check any of my books etc.

Hope that helps.


Re: Rover 10 1937 Brakes

Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 3:23 pm
by IanPatt
Hi Tony,
Thanks for this. 'Jenny' is due an MOT but can't see this being done anytime soon so will have time to get this done.
The shoes have worn unevenly but I believe that this is down to not having any play in the carrier. Thanks for the point on the material as I would not have thought of that.
Much appreciated
Keep Safe