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which spindle?

This winter I'm planning to mount buick drumbrakes on my car. In the proses I will also put in a new dropped I-beam. Can some onen tell me witch type of spindle I need to use ?

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Here's a write up from Street Rodder: http://www.streetrodderweb.com/tech/...les/index.html

A second choice would be to use disc brakes but in a mock set of Buick drums. O'Brian Truckers (Buick Finned Disc Brake Covers - O'Brien Truckers)

I have seen at least one other brand, but don't recall who made them (maybe SoCal Speed Shop). You get the braking efficiency of calipers plus reduce the unsprung weight somewhat as well as keeping the traditional look. I still like my 4 wheel discs plus show them off, but that's my personal requirement

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There is also a couple wirte up's on the HAMB Web Site for the conversion that shows modifying the Ford spindles-hubs and modification to the backing plates and modern part numbers to put the self adjusting system , also various backing plate ways to go. I don't know if the Buick parts will work on 50's olds or pontiac king pin type spindles. the angle and king pin size and length are different, In the 60's.I used olds spindles and brakes on a tube axle originally set up for Ford required custom work.
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Aha, so simple...
So why are there "chevy" spindles offered for Ford I-beams, is this so you could directly fit chevy brakes on your axle ?
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and further : wich bearings should I use...
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Ford spindles

MY axle was a straigh tube originally made for a race car, I was using an Olds rear end and brakes and wanted to match up the wheels and brakes on the front, I had to install new king pin bushings in the olds spindles and have them machined to match ford king pins, cut and reweld the axle to match the olds king pin angle. too much work to do today. the chevy spindle axles are usually offered as a dropped tubular axle made new for T buckets and lighter cars. If you have access to a lathe and can do the machine work the ford hubs and bearings are used/ google " buick fined brake conversion the jalopy jpurnal site has instructions and pictures
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