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TECH---New way to use Buick drums.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hot rod wille, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. hot rod wille
    Joined: Oct 27, 2005
    Posts: 695

    hot rod wille

    I posted this before ---but since this is Tech Week,I' ll do it again.

    I used a set of 56 F-100 brakes on my 29 roadster. I wanted to use Buick drums but F100 brakes are 11 inch and early Ford and Buick are 12 inch. I found a set of out-of-spec Buick drums for $20.00 and used them as covers for the F-100 brakes---the F-100 brakes are completely stock and the Buick drum slip over the stock drums. I turned the lip of the Buick drum down about 1/16 to clear the backing plate.I used a 1/4 wheel spacer between the two drums to get the spacing I wanted and used Monroso longer studs. Been driving it for a month or so and everything looks and works good.

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  2. Chris Casny
    Joined: Mar 13, 2006
    Posts: 4,874

    Chris Casny

    Son of a bitch, good idea. Cool
  3. motomech
    Joined: Feb 11, 2007
    Posts: 35


    awsome! i like the way it fills up the back of the wheel great idea...
  4. hotrawd
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
    Posts: 193

    from lima,ohio

    I did the same thing on my roadster several years ago. I now have 111,000 miles on it with no problems. I think it actually helps cool the brakes. I've never had a problem with brake fade.

  5. publicenemy1925
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 3,187

    from OKC, OK

    Sweet idea for sure.
  6. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,515

    from California

    I'll be damn diddly.
  7. thewildturkey46
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 748

    from Rice, MN

    looks great... awesome idea
  8. Chaz
    Joined: Feb 24, 2004
    Posts: 5,016

    Member Emeritus

    I gotta tell you that it sounds like a kinda strange way to do things, but DAMN- that looks awesome. I'll be dipped!!!
  9. cadillac dave
    Joined: Mar 17, 2006
    Posts: 669

    cadillac dave

    well , I'll be a "mother of invention" ..very nice. thanks. cadillac dave
  10. Brian C
    Joined: Mar 25, 2005
    Posts: 494

    Brian C

    That's just friggin' awesome

    Nice, clean installation.
  11. deuceguy
    Joined: Nov 10, 2002
    Posts: 432


    Cool idea! Thinking outside the box.
  12. TV
    Joined: Aug 28, 2002
    Posts: 1,451


    Thats a neat trick, I did that to my Roadster pu a few yrs back, and f100's and Buick drums stacked works well. and like you said if you turn the edge back you can't tell they are covers. Cool post.--TV
  13. john56h
    Joined: Jan 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,767


    Great use for otherwise useless drums. Lets recycle all those old Buick drums that are too far gone to be cut on a brake lathe!
  14. 29 sedanman
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 2,282

    29 sedanman
    from Indy

    I need a set of out of spec Buick drums. Preferably 45 fins.

    I love this idea, and have a wonderfully working set of F1 brakes on my car and this would really help the look. If any one has any please let me know. Thanks, Hot Rod Willie!
  15. Lobucrod
    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
    Posts: 4,122

    Alliance Vendor
    from Texas

    Thats what Rodding is all about. Thanks for the new idea.
  16. Would this trick work on '40 Ford brakes?
  17. Chuck R
    Joined: Dec 23, 2001
    Posts: 1,347

    Chuck R

    This seems like a good plan. I use those brakes on my roadster and just happen to have an old set of buick drums just sitting around..... sounds like a plan.
  18. Bump for the night crew.
  19. Low
    Joined: Jan 28, 2002
    Posts: 477


    This seems like the olds valve covers on the smallblock to me. Just my 2 cents.

  20. SimonSez
    Joined: Jul 1, 2001
    Posts: 1,632


    For '40 Ford brakes, you use the Buick drum instead of the '40 drum as they are both the same diameter.

  21. I have read some tech articles, but maybe I missed something. Do they just swap out? Do you have to re-drill the bolt pattern, or any other mods?
  22. ...more like thinking outside the "drum". ha ha
  23. SimonSez
    Joined: Jul 1, 2001
    Posts: 1,632


  24. moses
    Joined: Dec 7, 2004
    Posts: 1,101


    where can i get a set of over sized drums ???????????? moses
  25. 29 sedanman
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 2,282

    29 sedanman
    from Indy

    I have been searching for a set also. The last swap I went to I found a set of 90 fins, but I really want the 45 finned drums.
  26. brpowel4
    Joined: Jul 31, 2006
    Posts: 107


    I like this idea. i have been searching f100\f1 brakes. you can pretty much get everything new from online parts stores but i haven't seen repro backing plates. Where do i find them?

    also, how well do these front brakes stop a fenderless model sedan? this car may turn into my daily driver and i was leaning towards discs. But man, this Tech is cool.
  27. we've got a pile of old out of spec buick drums at work........ i like this idea!
  28. Moonglow2
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 658


    Ok - I have a stupid question. I haven't paid a lot of attention to rods the past few years. Exactly what is entailed in getting F-100 brakes and spindles on early Ford Axles? I must have slept through that development.
  29. Tin Can
    Joined: Nov 18, 2005
    Posts: 2,096

    Tin Can

    moonglow, this has been covered many times here. If you use 37-48 ford spindles the backing plates will work. there is a bearing adapter kit that speedway sells to use the hubs on the earlier ford spindles
  30. I need one 90 fin... and to think, I was going to make a tool stand out of the 90 fin I do have....

    V V V I can trade you some stickers for one!! V V V

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