Work is continuing on bringing my 1970 Lightning out of its' 42 year hibernation. As I disassemble everything (working on the rear of the machine, I am cleaning thoroughly and polishing everything, being sympathetic to the patina of a 50 year old original machine. She is certainly looking much better, and helps to motivate me on. Anyway, the questions at hand-
The brake cam lever on the rear drum is positioned Up at a 2 o'clock position instead of down as most I have seen in pics, my '68 Thunderbolt as well. Is there a preferred position? While this would move the shoe cam in the opposite direction, it would simply shift the leading shoe from one to the other. Any reason for me to change it back?
Also, any tips on removing the brake springs? I have always used Vise-grips and a screw driver to pry them away, but these buggers are tough!