I have a 1950 CJ3 that I just bought and am going to need lots of help with. The first thing I had to do was replace the motor mounts, now I'm starting on the brakes and the rear brakes are a bear to get the drums off. I'm guessing the adjusters are a cam type operation. Is that correct? I noticed the U joints are shot but I don't forsee any problem with them but any suggestions on the brakes would be greatly appreciated including a conversion to disk brakes if any one knows of one. Is there anyone on this list who wants to let me pick their brain?
Don't mess with the original 9" brakes !!! They didn't work very well in 1950. Buy the 11" drum brake kits for both front and back. I don't know of a simple disk brake conversion for your model 25 front and 44 rear but I'm sure someone makes one. The 11" drum kits work very well and I don't think the disk conversion would be worth the expense unless you are going to be in the water alot. I believe the drum kit parts are old ford 150 brakes. Keep your transfer case E-brake and don't use the rear drum brakes for the E-brake. You can't pull them tight enough with your hand lever.
1960 cj5 gm181 large port 4 cyl., sm465/model18t-case warn od, 5.38's d44 rear truetrac,model 27 front powerlock, bridgestone m/t 30x9.50x15
A simple upgrade is to use pre 6 bolt wagoneer drum brakes. These are a direct replacement for the earlier 9" on your Jeep now. These will provide you with more than enough stopping power and they will also provide you with self adjusters. You should be able to find them in a wrecking yard fairly cheaply. You will also want to replace the early single master cylinder with later dual model. This will require you to split the front and rear brakes, but this is a simple operation. There are a number of simple upgrades that will help the drivability of your 3 without major alterations to your Jeep(or your wallet lol).
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