I have a 51 chevy half ton with a stock front axle, 54 chev passenger car hubs (for 5 lug). I plan on working on some safety issues this winter and the brakes are at the top of the list. Right now I wouldn't want to have to panic stop. I've done some research and it looks like getting maximum performance from drums is to arc the shoes, and vent the drums. CH Topping is at the top of many of my searches for this, and Muscle Car Brakes shows up as well. I've seen some HAMBers offer the service as well. http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=317327&highlight=drum+brake http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=456287&highlight=drum+brake The truck is around 4000 lbs and I built a vintage style trailer (~1000 lbs) for camping I would like to tow with confidence. Have any of you done this? Did it give you the confidence to drive in traffic? I'm concerned about spending the money and not getting enough benefit to warrant it. I don't want to go disc, but I now have kids and that does change one's perspective. Now is the time, as I will be re-doing lines and M/C. Any cautions or advice for doing it / getting it done right?