A few weeks ago I removed the engine from the coupe to replace the badly pitted low drum. I found the brake drum has a crack in at least 3 of the bolt holes. It's a shame because outside of this the drum is very nice. How common of a problem is this?
Very,and especially if it is a 26-27.
Jack, it is a 26/27.
How far do these bolt hole cracks usually go? Has anyone seen a failure where a bolt hole splits completely in a 26/27 brake drum?
I was thinking it might be feasible to use such a drum in a car with outside brakes where the brake drum doesn't get much heat stress anymore..?
Never seen one that completely broke out, could happen I guess.
Jack is correct, it very common on 26/27 drums and I would bet most of the ones running have a few cracks in this area. But when you find a cracked drum I would like to find a better one, good ones are becoming hard to find.
I think the drum is under stress on acceleration and braking. More if a panic stop? The drive plate is bolted to the drum and that what makes the wheels go round.
Mike and Fred Houston, Larry Young and all the other T'ers did the storms bother you all, tornado's, don't seem to matter what they hit
Missed us here in Tulsa, I know the storms that hit OkCity got to some of the T group there but haven't heard of damage other then some roofs blown away.