I think I forgot to write about it here, but a week ago or so I jacked up the rear wheels and took the wheels + drums off to take a look at the brake components. The car had been jerking and creaking as I braked recently, and I wanted to see what’s up.
Nothing looked out of the ordinary, though I did notice that one of the drums just fell off in my hand and the other needed some “persuasion” to be removed. At the suggestion of my friend I wound up taking a little piece of 400 grit sandpaper and gently buffing the brake shoes, and then buttoning it all back up. To my surprise the brakes have been behaving a lot better since then! They still pulse a little, but not as much and the noise is gone. Now I wonder if it was the sandpaper or just re-centering the drums that did it….
Anyway, I’d like to get rid of all of the pulsing if I can, and I think one of the next steps is to start replacing the 25 year old suspension components. It’s time. But I don’t know what I’m doing yet, what should go first? What brand and type of parts do I want? A lot of the information online is geared toward ricing, but I want to build my car for a comfortable ride, not some cambered out and slammed one. On top of that, I have a decent discount at OReilly’s auto parts, so I’m looking around at what components they can order me.