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Old 01-16-2012, 02:28 AM
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1931 model a brake upgrades

have a 1931 model-a still with the mechanical brakes. i have seen a model-a running bigger hydrolic drum brakes and was wondering if there is a commen set up that people run or any info at all i have only seen a few like and i wamt to keep the drum brakes strage as it sounds i like the look of them. thanks for any help.
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ive seen the so-cal concealing a disc brake inside a cosmetic aluminum drum cover set up would be awesome how ever still wouldnt mind to run dusty old drums haha
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have a 1931 model-a still with the mechanical brakes. i have seen a model-a running bigger hydrolic drum brakes and was wondering if there is a commen set up that people run or any info at all i have only seen a few like and i wamt to keep the drum brakes strage as it sounds i like the look of them. thanks for any help.
jacob
Most common drum brake setup is to use 1939-1948 Ford (same years Mercury & Lincoln parts can also be used) drums, backing plates, wheel cylinders, shoes, etc. There is a bearing spacer kit available to fit the front brake setup on the Model A spindles. The rear backing plates will have to be altered slightly to clear the spring hangers. Some folks rotate them slightly to gain the clearance. Do NOT install them upside down to gain clearance as they will not function correctly. Another popular method is to use the 1939-1948 Ford spindles for a bolt on application. If you swap to the hydraulic brake setup the original Model A steering drag link will also have to be altered slightly to connect. Deciding where to mount and how to connect the master cylinder must also be considered.

Later model mid '40's to early '50's Ford F-1 brakes can also fit.

There are new hydraulic brake drum setups available from Speedway Motors, Mac's Antique Auto and others. These are all new setups and pretty pricey.
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Thank you so much for your help
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I know I am reviving a dead thread, but I thought this was a good place to ask...

Frisco: You mentioned that 50's F-1 brakes can fit also. Did you have any more info on that or Could you point me to a good source. Everything I find talks about 39-48 and F-100 donors. They always skip over the F-1.

I'm just in the planning stages of my 30 Model A and have access to F-1 front and rear axles/brakes/etc.
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There is a lot more brake info over on the Hamb website, and a list of new part numbers your auto parts store will be able to find, also on which parts to get to have modern ? self adjusting drum brakes. the Hamb also has info. on Later Chevy wagons and I think bigger GM rear 12 in drum brake pieces that can be used. The hamb also has info on various ways to use the Finned Buick aluminum drum setup with ford cars.
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The F1 and Lincoln brakes are of a more modern self energizing design , better than the 39-48 with the 2 anchor pins on the bottom of the backing plates,
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Thanks for the info! I'm on the HAMB also. I spend a lot of time searching over there. But there is actually too much info there for me.
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Hamb is slow finding ?

I don't like the way the hamb is set up. They don't have a seperate classified -for sale-wanted section and some times searches take a while to find somethine I read a couple years ago. I started either making a printed copy or moving a copy to a file on the computer. but we spend summers up north on the farm and go south when it snows and have a different computer in the winter home. between Me and my sons, there are a lot of projects. I've got 7 projects, collecting parts, and need to finish one this winter.
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