> When installing the rear wheel cylinder (Girling brake) for a
> '59 TR3A, do you use the distance washer or not?
What "distance washer" is that, Scott? One of the 3 pieces that hold the
cylinder to the back plate is called a "distance piece". But it's a
U-shaped piece of flat metal, not what I would call a washer. If it's not
mentioned in the manuals, where is it mentioned; or where did you get it?
> What got me thinking with the
> replacement is that without the spacer, the cylinder slides
> fairly easily and with the spacer, it is very tight.
I believe it is supposed to be quite tight on the backplate, too tight to
slide by hand. At least mine have always been that way, and they seem to
work well. I would guess that the cylinder is supposed to move only under
fairly high force, so that it deflects somewhat when the brakes are applied
and then springs back just a bit, so the trailing shoe doesn't drag all the
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