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Old 08-26-2002, 12:56 PM
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Ok all i get is chit chat & rumours like the're the early ones or no the're the 60's ones, so what is the facts regarding the years of manufacture between the multi fin Bucks & the wide spaced fins. I do know both my '58 Ltd's had the multi finned type & that's what i have on the roadster, but i'm keen to know more on the wide spaced fin type as i kinda prefer the look of them.
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Old 08-26-2002, 01:36 PM
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i can't answer your question, but i recently saw an ad in a hotrod mag for disc conversion kits that have the old buick finned drums on the outside to keep the original look. everything is covered by the drums and phony backing plate. i think they were made by Edelbrock.

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I've noticed that there are two different style fins, narrow and wide spaced. I never paid any attention as to which came on which year car though. I run the wide spaced finned drums on the rear end of my Willys on the Olds rear end but I don't remember from what year of Buick I got them.

I was going ot guess that the wide ones are early probably thru '62 or '63 until you say your narrow fin ones came from a '58. Of course the kits that johnnymopar referrs to are simulated drums, not the real thing. In summary, I talked a lot and told you nothing useful!
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No its not useless its all good chat, those disc in drum type can be got from So Cal if you got the $'s, i guess i gotta stick with the 40's Ford shoes & backplates. Yeah i agree i would have thought the wide spaced were the early ones! maybe they were & the multi finned started in '58.
Someone on here must know but i kinda thought you might reply being vitage stuff & all,
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Heeeeeey Hotrodit, If you don't get a straight answer soon I'll have one for you by tomorrow or the next day, I ask a buddy of mine and he is sure to know, i also ask if he has any of the wider finned style in hiding for you.

I feel so special, I actually know your name, haha, just goofin, I just had to ask, it was eatin a hole in my last remaining brain cell.

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Old 08-26-2002, 03:30 PM
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Thats kool, so you know my name.....& we're in SC in October see if you can make it to the goodguys in Charlotte with MS & Woodsedge?? that'll be real kool! the clock is tickin its gettin closer.
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Old 08-26-2002, 03:42 PM
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I'm a headcase, I know its odd that a name would bother me so much, but you don't know the half of it, living in my head normal people would die first 15 minutes.

I'm going to try to make it, I'm just $423 down and I got two months to make it so I might just be riding a frame and some old junkyard tires, but I'm workin on it!

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hey Hotrodit, my dad has an original '69 Buick Riviera with finned aluminum front and rear brake drums, they may be the ones that you consider narrow finned....look pretty cool behind the factory mag style wheels that are on it..PACO
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I foound my how-to article on instlling Buick finned alumium brake drums on a Olds rear end. It uses the wide spaced fins (if I could figure out how to put a picture in this post I could show you) and says "look for drums '62 or newer". From what I piece together now, you have narrow '58 drums, paco has narrow '69 drums so wide fins must be from '62 to ?
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Old 08-26-2002, 10:29 PM
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Great! we're gettin there, i'll post a pic of my drums later today......hey Paco i wonder if you could!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks guys i appreciate your time.
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pics of my drums in photo album, beyond me how you get pics on here? i'm better with a 3/8 ratchet in my hand!
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Yes, there is no doubt those are narrow spaced fins on your car. Are you SURE they are from a '58 Buick? I would have guessed a '68. You mentioned a '58 Ltd. Is that a Ford or Buick? I have been talking Buicks the whole time. I'm so confused!
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Yep talkin Buick, in my album there's pics of both my '58 Buick Ltd's they both had those multi finned ones same as the roadster, still confused.
I would have put money on the multi finned being later 60's & the wide spaced being early!! & one of those Buick's i had was low mileage un-touched car so they were the original drums.
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I PUT THE 1958 BUICK (WIDE FINS) ON 48 SPINDLES ON A 29 ROADSTER. i HAD A MACHINE SHOP HOG OUT THE CENTER HOLE, AND FILL AND REDRILL THE BOLT PATTERN. IT WAS 7 YEARS AGO BUT AS I RECALL (NOT AN EASY TASK FOR AN OLDER MOTORHEAD) I GOT NEW FORD BEARINGS AT NAPA. THE MACHINE SHOP PRICE KNOCKED MY SOCKS OFF..$ 365.00... BUT FROM 59 UP THE FINS ARE CLOSER TOGETHER. GOOD LUCK...THEY REALLY LOOK COOL UNDER THE FENDERS..
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I have owned 5 or 6 sets of the wide fin drums. They will work with the 40 Ford stuff but I wanted the more modern 41 Lincoln kind of backing plates. Better than the Fords 40 -48.

I finally settled on the 56 F100 set up. Not as pretty but they stop great.

All of the ones I had (sold them at Charlotte Auto Fair) came from 58's.
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