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Old 03-28-2006, 07:40 PM
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Dana 44 drums obsolete?

I had Napa order new drums for the rear of my 67 GMC (6 lug Dana 44 posi) When they came in they were too shallow by about inch. They tried to look up some that would work but had no luck. They said mine were obsolete and no longer made. After shelling out a chunk of change to have the rear rebuilt I really need to find some drums that will work. Anybody else had this problem and found drums or a solution besides switching to disc?
Oh yea, the drums are 11" with 2-1/2" of pad surface area, 3-1/2 total depth.

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That would upset me.......

I have the same problem when using 57, 58 and 59 Ford car 9 inch Ford rear ends...They are almost 50 years old and new brake drums are almost non existant. I change backing plates and use 65 and 66 Ford backing plates and drums. Every piece is available...and they are self adjusting.

Car Quest has found me a lot of parts that NAPA did not have....How about another parts house? Hemmings Motor News lists a good many GMC parts suppliers for the older GMC owners...

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I suggest trying to find a 6 lug brake drum with your wheel pattern and the same basic setup on a later model Dana rear end. Then use the available drums and backing plates....
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Hmmm, I'm using 93 6 lug spindels on the front, maybe the 93 model rear parts will convert! Thanks!
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