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Old 09-19-2015, 10:35 AM
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Want to keep my wire wheels???

I'm all new to this but need to upgrade the stock brakes on my '28 A. REALLY want to keep the stock wire wheels. I'm really confused on how the wire wheels seat against the drum/hub. I get they need to be supported in the center but do they also need to be supported on the outside lip? I have seen that 39-48 brakes seem to be the normal swap but I don't like the non-energizing design and they need a center adapter, $20, for the wire wheels (not sure what drums actually work, 1 1/2" dish or 1 3/8" dish, with the adapters and wires?). Also saw the repo Lincoln Bendix type setups but they are really pricey and also need the same adapters. Also saw some Alum adapters that say they mount wires to modern brakes but they are $80 each and move the wheels out 1.3". F1/F100 brakes are cheap with the right bolt pattern, 5 on 5.5", but I don't know what it takes to mount the wires to them? There has to be some thing out there that won't break the bank or reinvent the wheel??? help! Thanks!!

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I believe that you are about stranded unless you find some pieces on ebay or at a swap meet. Myself use the f-100 brakes and if I need an adapter will so be it. Save a bit more cash is all I can say to this one..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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It really is less about not having the cash but about spending it wisely. I'm thinking if I was going to the $80 1.3" spacers I'd just go to disc on the front. But also think they will push the wheels out enough to look wonky, at least on the front? Seems being able to use the cheaper thinner spacers or at least thinner spacers with f100 drums would be my best solution. Is it possible?? What would be needed to get self energizing hyd brakes with stock wire wheels on my A? Thanks!! I may end up with f100s on the rear with the thick adapters and repro Lincoln Bendix on the front but really exploring options. Thanks
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