Has anyone rigged up big drum brakes to the pedal? Would they work ok? Rockies are expensive and someone here once described them as 'another rattle on a car that already has its fair share'
It's done it again, put my name in the subject, even when I carefully proof read the post. Can't post from this tablet.
Here is a description from Lang's website for their equalizer, which does exactly what you describe.
I wonder if it could be used on the earlier, smaller drums, has anyone tried it?
Does anyone have any experience with the equalizer that Mark posted? Pros and cons compared to Rocky Mountains?
I didn't know it existed and thinking about trying it.
Snyder's also carries it, plus their site has a link to the instructions. Looks like a tab has to be welded to the bottom of the brake pedal.
I have it. It comes with Bud William's R.M kit. Sorry it will not let me cut and paste a picture today.
Here are a couple of links about the brake equalizer from the past.
There are some drawbacks to using it. Especially on the small drums. Those brakes were not intended to be the ordinary stopping system. They won't last very long. Rocky Mtn brakes give you full drum action and forward motion actually activates them to work better.
If you use the parking brakes, be sure to check the lining often and reline them before it ruins the drums.
The Rockies are one of the best investments that I have made on my sedan. I drive my car in traffic at least once a week and I am so glad I bought them. They react so much faster than the transmission brake, making the car safer, yet period correct. I drove the car to work this past Monday - 12 miles one-way in stop and go traffic, up and down hills. It is nice to have that peace of mind. Prior to putting them on, I had a couple of close calls - once when the Ruckstell popped into neutral as I was approaching a light (that has now been completely overhauled with new parts) and twice when a "stale green light" turned red. I was fortunate that I had a good e-brake, which stopped me just in time for the latter; when the Ruckstell went into neutral, I had given myself plenty of braking room, but couldn't stop because the driveline was ineffective. Somehow, I was able to pop it back in time for the light to turn green. I was really lucky. I know that they are a lot of money and it took me a year to save up for them, but I have no regrets.
Oops. I meant to address this to Jem. Sorry.