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Vintage race car brakes

I am building a vintage style '33 highboy with a flathead and want something a bit different than the buick drums. I remember seeing at a swap meet years ago, what I believe was an indy car brake. A big drum that was smooth with a rounded corner, it looked like a big flat bell. Then there were about a dozen or so louvers or vents into the brake.

Does anyone know this brake? What are my options for a big racing drum brake? Could also use it as a cover for a disc.

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Lots of rodders use the 53 to 56 F100 brakes ... not exactly what you asked about ... but a decent substitute ...

Here's a link ... on how to ..
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There are disk brake kits the look like the old finned buick drums.
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What Deuce said...I checked out that article and with the cool scoops on those brakes are exactly what we ran back before the disk brakes became common..Those brakes will work just fine on a nostalgia rod..Dunno where a guy would find the drums with the slots or the fins as asked about any more..

Back in the day some of the guys made a scoop out of sheet metal and riveted them to the backing plates..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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Are you thinking of Kinmont Disc Brakes? Wilson Welding & Machine who make '39 Lincoln brakes, finned cast aluminum backing plates, Ford hubs and skeleton Buick brakes are going to be making indy style brakes and hubs (saw this in an ad in R&C) in the future. Check out their web site and then give them an email or phone call to find out more.

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