Aluminum Buick Front Brake Drum Kit, 12x2, 45-Fin, Plates/Hubs
5 on 5.5" Bolt Pattern, 12" Overall Diameter
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If you want the early look but are reluctant to use old non-energizing drum brakes, we have just what you need. These all new 12" finned style drum brake kits come complete for your front end! Our 100% new self-energizing backing plate assemblies come complete with shoes, wheel cylinders and hardware.
Preserving traditional hot rod styling and designs of the past is getting more difficult by the day. In the past, acquiring a set of finned Buick brake drums for your traditional Ford hot rod required hours of rummaging through swap meets and some time on the lathe, machining them down to fit on your 1937-48 Ford spindles - not any longer!
This all-new Buick-style brake drum combines modern design and engineering with the classic stylings of the past. This is not a flimsy cover, but rather a high-quality recreation of the most effective brake drums ever produced. To overcome the inherent design flaws with drum brakes, Buick introduced aluminum front brake drums across all models in 1958. Typical cast iron drum brakes build heat quickly and begin to fade. Hot rodders quickly discovered that the aluminum material and the 45 radial fins radiated heat much faster than cast iron drums. Plus, the weight savings of aluminum made them faster at the drags.
It wasn't easy to adapt this new technology to their old Ford, though. Machining was required to correct the offset, clearance the hubs and get the right bolt pattern. We've saved you the time, trouble and cost associated with those swap meet parts. This all-new improved design features an increase in strength over the OE Buick drums, a hub-centric center register for improved safety and handling, and the correct offset built in to clear traditional Ford brake setups. Plus, it's computer balanced internally, eliminating those ugly external weights.
These brand new aluminum castings include a steel brake liner and are machined with the proper clearances to fit onto 1937-48 Ford hubs, as well as any 12" x 2" Bendix-style brake configuration with a 5 x 5.5 wheel bolt pattern. They are the perfect addition to any traditional hot rod build.
- (2) Aluminum Buick-Styled finned brake drums
- (2) Bendix Style Backing Plates
- (2) Early Ford Style Front Hubs w/studs
- (2) Ford Inner Bearing Cones
- (2) Ford Outer Bearing Cones
- (2) Front Wheel Seals
- (2) Bearing Races
- (2) Bearing Cups
- Spindle modification is necessary when installing these backing plates. Up to 1/4" of material may need to be removed on the top of the spindle. (Now available are ready-to-use spindles that feature this modification as # 910-32111)
- Our flat plate steering arms WILL NOT fit this backing plate.
- Wheel cylinders will need an O-ring or a sealing washer as they are not IFF fittings. If using with Model A or B spindles, the four bolt holes will have to be elongated inward to fit that narrower bolt pattern. We recommend using a 916-31928 adapter ring for this application.
- No machining required
- Iconic 45-fin "Buick" brake drum styling of the past
- New aluminum castings with integrated steel brake liner
- Lighter weight than a traditional steel cast drum brake
- CNC machined to clear 1937-48 Ford brakes
- Computer balanced, no ugly stick on weights
- Hub centric 5 x 5.5" bolt pattern
- Uniformly smooth cast surface is ideal for polishing
- Slips directly over our 1937-48 Ford 12"x2" Bendix brakes # 910-65420 and Early Ford Hub # 910-65450
What's In The Kit
Buick-Style Finned Aluminum Brake Drum for Ford Spindles, 12 x 2Part # 91065495Qty x 2
Bendix Style Brakes for 1937-48 Ford Spindles, 12 x 2 InchPart # 91065420Qty x 1
Speedway 1940-Design Early Ford Front Wheel Hub, 5 on 5.5 BPPart # 91065450Qty x 2
35-48 Ford Inner Bearing ConePart # 912T15118Qty x 2
35-48 Ford Outer Bearing ConePart # 912T09074Qty x 2
Front Wheel Seal 35-48 FordPart # 912S48190Qty x 2
Sprint Taper Hub Outer Race, SmallPart # 91215250Qty x 2
09074 Bearing CupPart # 912T09196Qty x 2
Q & A
After some major changes to our '32 Roadster, we hit the road to the 50th Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, KY!
You can slip these Finned Aluminum Buick Brake Drums on to any one of our 1937-48 Ford hubs or 12x2 Bendix brakes. No machining. No re-drilling. Not a cover. Just classic hotrod style.
Finned Aluminum "Buick Style" Brake Drums are a great way to add that vintage hot rod style to your Early Ford. Follow along as we install a pair on our '32 Roadster and add some serious hot rod attitude!