My 1910 Tourer has a 4-5 mm gap between the brake drum and the rear axle backing plate. Its annoying to me that the brake shoe is partially visible.Has anybody ever taken the time to reduce this clearance? I have new rear axles that claim to be slightly longer than original but not 4 mm.
Installing a spacer between the brake drum and the rear hub creates other issues. The obvious is to have a wider brake drum. Anybody done that?
Alan, you need a pair of cast iron drums from a Hillman Avenger. The Kiwis use these on T's. They are the same diameter as T drums, even have the same size hole in the middle. They are wider, so you can machine them down to whatever is required.
I have them on my 1917 shooting brake, fitted with Bennett accessory brakes.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.