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Old March 17th, 2010, 10:27 AM   #1
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I got a Dana 60 that a friend had in a barn. It is a rear and he is not sure what it was out of. It has a 2.5" wide 12" brake shoe and the drum mounts to the inside of the hub. The wheel studs go through the drum then stick in the hub. The hubs run a a38 bearing and race for the inner and outers and a flanged type oil seal. I ordered parts for a 1980 Ford and all the brake parts such as wheel cylinders, hardware, and shoes worked fine. The drums however didn't have a big enough dia. center hole to fit over the lip of the hub. Another thing that may help is that it originally had 1/2 wheel studs. I was wondering if anyone may have ran into this and may be able to give me some info to find the right drums. Went to the parts store and none of the pics look quite right but ordered a set in to try for a older dodge.
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Old March 17th, 2010, 10:42 AM   #2
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On the axle tube a few inches away from the diff there is a BOM number, use a wire wheel to carefully uncover the numbers and then look it up.

Why not just put disks on the rear? Seems like a waste putting money into new drum parts.
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Old March 17th, 2010, 12:11 PM   #3
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Why not just put disks on the rear? Seems like a waste putting money into new drum parts.
#1 reason: No e-brake/parking brake provision that works with the existing vehicle's system.
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Old March 17th, 2010, 12:32 PM   #4
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#1 reason: No e-brake/parking brake provision that works with the existing vehicle's system.
IIRC 80's Cadillac rear calipers have a provision for a cable actuated parking brake, and can be used on 1977 3/4 ton Chevy front rotors when converting a rear D60 to disks.

Here they are used on a D44 rear.

http://jeep.off-road.com/jeep/Featur...tegoryId=45935
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Sure they are. Still not simpler (and not necessarily cheaper) than just putting the correct missing part on the truck.

Don't misunderstand what I'm getting at - I have a disc brake conversion with parking brake on my XJ. No way I could have done it for what regular brake parts cost, especially since I don't even own a welder.

Look up BOM, post Wanted Ad for actual drums needed or hit Car-Part.com, put shit on truck, everything works the way it was designed and you're not (completely) fucked if your brakes go out.
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I found out I believe it is a ford rear end. Will find out in about an hour when the drums come in. I was told that he ordered ford drums the first time the he said he ordered chevy because is was under my s-10...dope. I went with drums because I got new adjuster kits,shoes, drums, hardware, bearings, races, and seals for under $120
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