My friend is building a speedster utilizing a big drum rearend....for various reasons, he is considering converting this rearend to a small drum setup. Anybody ever done this? Is it possible? Thanks for any comment/suggestions Paul
All he needs is a small drum rear end, or housings.
Does he want brakes or aesthetics? What wheels does he have? If he has the big drum wheels and rear end he can set up the parking brakes to act as stopping brakes or does he have small drum outside brakes he want to use? If he is going to use the Rocky Mtn brakes, the 26/27 big drum use the stock brake drum.
But yes a small drum rear end can be used along with small drum wheels or remount the drums on his wheels.
Paul - In view of the fact that you said "a speedster", the big drums on the rear end sure make a lot of sense to me! The difference between small drum rear wheel brakes, and large drum rear wheel brakes is "HUGE"! And on a speedster, not even the most critical "purist" could criticize! I have a '26-'27 rear end with the large drums in my '23 touring, and I can tell you that "right or wrong" (I'm not a purist) those brakes are great! They will actually lock the rear wheels if I'm not careful. If I were you Paul, I'd try to talk your friend into keeping the large drums,.....especially on a speedster! FWIW,......harold
Thanks for the responses, guys. Looks like the big drums are the way to go--he intends to use the Texas T parts rear drum/disc and caliper setup and they do have this for large drum setups. Paul