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Old 11-24-2021, 08:01 PM   #1
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Odd brake drum?

I am looking to replace brake drums and hardware on my '73. I was told by previous owner that axles were replaced at some point, but I don't know how to confirm. They look pretty old.

New axles are in the 5 year plan, but in the meantime, I need to do some brake work.

My brake drum doesn't look like others I have seen for Airstreams. For starters, I have bolts instead of nuts.

Can anyone identify what brand/etc brake drum this is, or tell me how I can look further?

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Old 11-24-2021, 08:48 PM   #2
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Lug bolts were the norm, I had the same on my 75. Br as kes were from the Kelsey Hayes company. Replacements now would be Dexter's and would have lug nuts.


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Old 11-24-2021, 08:58 PM   #3
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So I could use these?


Also, sound like the axles must be original?
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Old 11-24-2021, 09:01 PM   #4
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I had one on my 1975 where the cast iron was of poor quality. A previous owner had installed a helicoil and stud in one of the bolt holes. Another one ended up with stripped threads.

I priced a helicoil at an auto parts store. I ended up buying a new brake drum with new bearings and a seal for only $15 more!

Take what you’ve got to an auto parts store and they should be able to readily get you replacements. These are old school parts, and surprisingly reasonable in cost.
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Old 11-24-2021, 09:21 PM   #5
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The axle may have been replaced however the brake drum looks original.

The original 12 inch drums used bolts to attach the road wheels. Not lugs and nuts.

A trailer shop is what you want for drum replacements. Thiis is one close to me.

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