Chief Brakes

Post-War Aeronca Chief airplanes
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bob turner
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Chief Brakes

Post by bob turner » Sun Jun 10, 2018 14:07

I know next to nothing about these brakes. The good one (relatively speaking) is squeaking. Should I be alarmed?

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Re: Chief Brakes

Post by rkittine » Mon Jun 11, 2018 08:40

I assume you have the original mechanical heal brakes? There is a trick to adjusting them. You need to find a mechanic that really knows how and that can inspect them for you. I am not a fan of using much braking, if any at all, on these airplanes, but for taxi and run-up you have to.

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Re: Chief Brakes

Post by bob turner » Mon Jun 11, 2018 13:19

Nobody around here knows anything about the Chief. I think this one is the only flying example within 100 miles.

Yes, stock heel brakes. One of them was mis- adjusted, and we sort of fixed it by lengthening the cable sheath. I am hoping to find a way to go Grove - at least I understand them. Problem is - where does the master cylinder go? I have converted the mechanical 7AC - easy, in comparison.

I agree on the brakes. They are only needed when a hold line looms. Good thing; there are no brakes on my side!

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