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#767478 Mon Aug 01 2011 04:33 PM
Joined: Jul 2011
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New Guy
I have a 54 3800 and need new drums. From what I have read they are hard to find. Is there a source for these parts? Also can you buy pistons for the wheel cylinders? Just bought truck that has sit for 40 years and bring it back to life. Engine was first and it now purrs, dirt dobbers sealed the intake/carb and other than rebuilding carb, and replacing wiring/ign parts it came back to life. Some things I am finding are really funny, a finnishing nail was used a cotter pin in fron axle.

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You should place your query in the Parts Wanted section. Someone may have some to sell, and maybe even nearby!
As for the pistons for the wheel cylinders, I believe you can find complete rebuild kits that include the spring, pistons, and cups.

I loved looking through my old farm truck when I bought it. Still get a kick out of some of the things I found. For example, I found an old Hires Root Beer bottle opener in the ash tray. That's a keeper! I also found old beat up license plates were used to plug holes in the wood flat bed it had. Out of state and rusted through. Too bad.

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The drums are really tough to find. You could try the parts wanted here and also on the VCCA site. Another source would be wrecking yards. I would measure your drums to see if there is any life left in them. You may be able to substitute a rear axle from a later truck, one that you can get drums for.

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You might double check me but I recall the rear drums on a 1 ton are the same as the front drums on a 1 1/2 and 2 ton.


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Is there anyone who needs new brake drums. I found a source to reproduce them. If there was enough of a demand the price would not be to bad ($180). Anyway just trying to check all angles.


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What qualifies as "enough"

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It would probably take ten sets.


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If you can get the interest - put me down for a set.

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Does anyone know if the rear drums on 3/4 tons are the same as the 1 ton fronts?

JohnSabol...if you want more interest, see if you can get the information out there in a "sticky note" here in the forums. Right now my drums appear OK but I might be persuaded to buy extras.


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Though both are 12" diameter I believe they are different.
Rear drums usually have more of an offset.

A general FYI for this thread, keep in mind that '46-'52 drums will be different than '53 and up. 1953 was the first year for the Bendix style brakes on these trucks.

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