Can you use an earlier set of drums in a 26-27 transmission? The reason I ask is because I am having trouble finding a good wide brake drum and use the Rocky Mountain brakes all of the time anyway. Does anything else need to be changed besides the band?
I may be wrong but it sounds like it would work, the only thing i can think of is there would be a little more room inside the hogshead.
I don't know about inside the trans but if the 26/27 hogshead was used, the spacing if bands would not match the drums.
You can install a 1925 or earlier hogshead to be able to use an earlier style narrow brake drum.
.....And have to make a set of new floor boards to match the "new" pedal spacing......and shape to fit the improved floor dimensions.
LOL I didn't say it was a good idea to swap to an earlier drum. If it were mine I would just buy a new one and be done with it.
Looks like Langs has them:
I had to replace my drum and got one from Daves Restoration and Machine. You send him your drum and he rivets your shaft onto his new drum and sends the whole thing back to you, this way you dont have to worry about wear patterns not matching and causing wear/noise issues. It was a great looking drum and fantastic service. His prices are currently $350 for the wide brake drum.
Ok well here is another question. I have a nice looking 26-27 set and the low and reverse drums are stuck together. I have had them soaking in cleaner but they don't want to come apart. Does anyone know what's going on here?
You also have to use a 26-27 tail shaft.
Try harder to find a wide brake drum. You need to increase your sniffing and persistence.
I'm surprised that you say you can't find the drums?
We make them and are available through Snyder's or Lang's.
The lugs are broached just like the originals so the clips are a perfect fit.
I can find them I'm just being cheap. I guess i'll just try harder on the set that I have stuck together.