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Old 11-20-2002, 10:16 AM
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Angry I-beam axle with drum brakes...Help!

I'm gathering parts to build my '26 ford roadster. I want to run a dropped I-beam axle with drum brakes like I've seen on hundreds of cars. I already have a set of '35 wire wheels. I'd love to run buick drums but early juice brakes would be great. I need a rundown on what works with what and what to look for...thanks

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Let me say this...
find a guy in your area who is changing his old 40-48 Ford with drum brakes to discs or IFS or whatever. He now has 150 pounds of iron taking up space in his garage. you should be able to acquire this setup for little or nothing. buy a dropped axle, install your newly rebuilt brakes and rebushed and kingpinned spindles and rock and roll. there's a lot of technical information about this subject available in many of the old magazines from the 50s and 60s, and sometimes even in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
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Thanks for the reply. I've been poking around like that some already and I'm sure that's going to eventually provide the best results.
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You might want to check with Chassis Engineering in West Branch, Iowa. I'm running their suspension, front to rear, on the '40 to the left. It has been years but they were always very helpful and available for questions. My dropped axle has stock spindles with 11' Dodge rotors and Z28 calipers; all either from CE or with recommended part numbers to go to the parts store. Good luck, r
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