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Projects Finned Brake Drum identification

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by RoadWarrior13, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. RoadWarrior13
    Joined: Jun 8, 2009
    Posts: 168

    from Louisiana

    I just got these the other day ... can anyone identify these and assist me in buying the correct hardware to make this work.........





    Last edited: Jun 27, 2010
  2. Looks like a motor and trans?
  3. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,065

    seb fontana
    from ct

  4. Good thing he didnt accidently go into the folder on his comp with "those" pics in it :eek:

    Joined: May 13, 2002
    Posts: 3,257


    90 fin Buick drum.
    New hubs available to run them on Ford spindles.
    Use with 1939-48 Ford backing plates or new

    Can also machine old Ford hubs to tech arcives
  6. tgd61
    Joined: Jan 24, 2010
    Posts: 51


    What's the best way to get the stock Buick hubs out of these. I have the same style. Earlier drums had rivets these don't.
  7. JohnEvans
    Joined: Apr 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,883

    from Phoenix AZ

    Studs may be swedged, need to releve with a deep 3/4 holesaw. Or may just be stuck on as in that time frame a lot of cars were going to front drums that just slid over the studs like the rears.
  8. Brad54
    Joined: Apr 15, 2004
    Posts: 6,015

    from Atl Ga

    Use a hydraulic press. You will need to build a holder for the back side of the drum or hub... the back has to be supported while you press the studs out, or you'll deflect the drum face and it can permanently bend or crack.

    Ask me how I know!

  9. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 7,398

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    Several different companys make hubs for these drums or you can use the 46/48 Ford front hubs and modify them to fit. I've done a lot of Buick drum conversions over the years and have settled on the hubs from Walden Speed Shop, pricey but they come complete and they work the best of all I've tried. I do most of them with Lincoln 2 inch backing plates from MT products.
  10. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,757

    Member Emeritus

    I just ground off the rivet heads and used a deep well socket underneath and press the rivets and studs into the socket. There is no chance of bending the drum with a socket or short piece pipe used as a support underneath.
  11. tgd61
    Joined: Jan 24, 2010
    Posts: 51


    Thanks guys appeciate it. That was my concern didn't want to damage the drums.....
  12. budd
    Joined: Oct 31, 2006
    Posts: 3,478


    you can run the buick hubs with bearing spacers and re-drilling a different bolt pattern.

  13. Aluminum Drum Man
    Joined: Feb 5, 2010
    Posts: 16

    Aluminum Drum Man
    from Illinois

    I did the same thing on my 1930 Chev. pickup with a early Ford front axle, ground down the rivets and pop them out, redrilled the new bolt patter and Ford backing plates with 12" shoes work great.
    Oh, did I say that I reline aluminum brake drum so that they are just like new??
    thanks & good luck

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