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I Really Screwed Up This Time!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rcnut223, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. rcnut223
    Joined: Oct 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,255

    from wisconsin

    Working on the brakes for my 32 project removing the Hubs from the Aluminum Buick Drums and I cracked the drum. Must have been the process I used , tried to remove the rivet from the inside. Second drum removed the rivet from the top, no problem!.

    Absolutely made me sick to my stomach!!!

    And to make matter worse I bought a pair of hubs from a fellow hamber for the project and he did not disclose the the rust. refused to take them back!

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    Last edited: Apr 24, 2012
  2. cheveey57
    Joined: Mar 11, 2010
    Posts: 676


    They came to you with that crack, and he won't take them back? Doesn't sound fair. Maybe he honestly didn't know they were cracked. How long ago did you get them?
  3. rcnut223
    Joined: Oct 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,255

    from wisconsin

    I cracked the drum! My error
  4. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    So the drums and the hubs were separate deals ? Those hubs are terrible. Very surprised a HAMBer would do that to another HAMBer. Is he a newbie or been around for a while ?


  5. BOP-Nut
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 746


    Shitty deal on the hubs... they didn't include pictures or say the were in shoddy condition?

    And I would weld up that crack in the drum.
  6. VoodooTwin
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 3,455

    from Noo Yawk

    I've never tried it, but can the hubs be welded up and grinded/turned on a lathe to make em right?
  7. jonathan
    Joined: Feb 12, 2007
    Posts: 390

    from Phoenix,AZ

    I think it's likely the crack was there or was already started on an edge and you just made the inevitable happen sooner.
  8. patrick english
    Joined: Feb 15, 2008
    Posts: 806

    patrick english
    from La puente

    that freakin sucks!...i would just mail the hubs back to dude..those are jacked up..
  9. Koz
    Joined: May 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,374


    The crack I assume is in the drum. I have many times in the past V cut the crack, Tig it up, and turned the drum with great results. Cool the drum slowly to relieve stress and there will be no problems. They usually twist just a bit when welding but if you cool them slowly they go right back. Not a big bucks job.

    I agree the hubs are pretty crappy! If you need I have a friend with several sets of '48 hubs in decent shape. Pm if you like and I'll forward his contact info.
  10. Noland
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,237


    yea all you can do is weld the drum up now. I feel your pain. I would tig weld up the hubs also and get them turned down on a lathe. You figure you already need them machined to fit the drum. Im waiting on my buick brakes for my car Im so exited. Like you said I think I knocked the rivets out from the top side and they just stayed in the hub.
  11. rcnut223
    Joined: Oct 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,255

    from wisconsin

    the cracks run to the bead or ring that runs around the edge if the hub. Is welding this a process that is really safe?

    Thier are two cracks one on each side of the drum.
  12. Noland
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,237


    I feel its safe to weld the drum. its not like it holds the wheel on in anyway and as long as it is secured to the hub its going to be doing its job. I just wouldnt bolt the hub to the drum in that spot skip to another opening between the other lugnuts maybe some of the ones that havent been used. BUT at the same time Im not an engineer or a certified welder.
  13. 37gmc
    Joined: Aug 19, 2008
    Posts: 61

    from upstate ny

    i have a hub drum like that i use for a base for the desk stool . i will look at it in the morning ,pretty sure its good . used it mostly to break balls . ican text a picture if you are interested send me the broken one you can have the one i have
  14. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,794


    As for the seller, he is probably one of that cadre that joins the HAMB expressly to sell his old car stuff. There are a number of them who advertise in the classifieds and sell but aren't one of "us" if you catch my drift. I've also run into a lot of people at swap meets who peruse the classifieds on a regular basis but never even check the message board.
  15. DAVEO!
    Joined: Dec 4, 2011
    Posts: 291


    OUCH!! my eyes hurt
  16. Those hubs are complete trash.
    The guy should make things right with you on that deal.
    He didn't show you pics first?
  17. sinister32
    Joined: Nov 6, 2009
    Posts: 15

    from buffalo ny

    weld up that crack in the drum.
  18. rcnut223
    Joined: Oct 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,255

    from wisconsin

    The hubs had surface rust and the picture did not show the pits

    I contacted him and he refused to do anything about the sale

    Tried a claim with Paypal and that was a joke!
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2012
  19. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,096


    So out him.
  20. yetiskustoms
    Joined: May 22, 2009
    Posts: 1,930


    weld up the drum, and find new hubs
  21. Yep, I got a pair of cracked drums that are welded up and are my spares.

    The hubs need to go to Dennise [hotrodladycruiser] for her yard art project. And you should let us know about the fella who sold them to ya unless he is in the process of making it right.

    One thing about the HAMB at least the older unfriendlier HAMB is that we police ourselves. if someone is burning people we need to know before it gets out of hand.
  22. Tom S. in Tn.
    Joined: Jan 16, 2011
    Posts: 1,108

    Tom S. in Tn.

    What are those old hubs from? Hope they were not too much $.
    Might measure those old hubs and turn some new ones out of some steel stock.
    Can you use the bearings and races or are they junk also?
    I'd weld the brake drum also. Tom S.
  23. Mindover
    Joined: Jan 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,625

    from England

    Hard to say for sure from the photos but the crack looks old near the lug hole. the metal may have been weak. Is it shiny clean metal in there? The hubs were a rip off if he sold them to you unseen. Name and shame.

  24. Who sold you that junk? Let us know before he fucks us over as well.
  25. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,674


    I've seen a lot new guys trying to sell stuff, and if they don't have more than 200 posts so I can check them out or be an Alliance member I pass.
  26. rcnut223
    Joined: Oct 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,255

    from wisconsin

    Thought I would show 2 pictures of the rusty hub a that does not show any damage.

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  27. steelhorse27
    Joined: Jun 13, 2010
    Posts: 38


    Kudos for this
  28. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
    Posts: 6,263


    I wouldn't put too much faith in welding the drums - cast aluminum is so porous and so much 'trash' and air in the castings that i would not rely on them. They are your brake drums. And the crack will go right to the brake band is sitting - man, i would pass on that.
    I for sure have a spare drum i can donate, it has buick hub if you need it or i can knock the hub off and send you the drum - shoot me a pm with address etc and i'll take care of the rest ok?
  29. You got that right!!!!!

    Tell us who it is,,it's guys like this who screw it up for the honest guys here! HRP
  30. 117harv
    Joined: Nov 12, 2009
    Posts: 6,590


    Can you post these measurements?

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