I have a nice set of small drum wheels and want to install the larger 26/27 drums. Are the replacement brake drums good quality or am I better off searching for good used ones? Any advice on making the swap since I've never done this before. It appears to be a simple swap but with the Model T's there always seems to be a trick involved to get it right.The spokes are in great condition and real tight so they are worthwhile using.
The small drums are readily changed out with the large 26/27 drums. You might want to replace the bolts. I think R.V. Anderson sells some high strength carriage bolts to replace the original soft bolts. I suspect new drums are fine and used drums are less expensive.
The large drums will bolt right on, but, they won't work because the linings won't expand far enough to work, you need to change the axle housings as the 26/27 backing plates don't fit on the small housing.
Rick -- Sounds to me like he's working on a big-drum car and wants to put some different wheels on it.
Jim -- It should be an easy swap. Good big drums with 6 holes are plentiful. Email me if you need some. I've been trying to get rid of some.
Rick- I have the large brakes on my car but have been using a set of wheels from a friend that has been nice enough to let me borrow his spare set. I need to get them back to him.
Mike- email sent..Thanks
Jim -- I had some difficulty setting up a new email system today. You must have sent me the message during that time, since I haven't received it. Please try again. Thanks, Mike.