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Re: Steeldraulic Brakes

I remember that Lance mentioned that the Model A rings are too big and have to be cut down by the welding shop that you are using to install the rings. You have to cut out a piece of the ring and then reweld it together. Then you have to heat the ring and cool the drum to install the ring. Just too bad that you can't order rings the proper size. Let me know how you make out. I know one chap who was able to get an eleven inch ring. He says his brakes are wonderful now. He heated the ring up on the bar b que and had the drum in the freezer overnight. A lot of squeaking when he dropped the ring on the cold drum. (He cleaned the outside of the drums up on the lathe first to make sure it was a nice clean match)

Where Are You From? Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1932 Frontenac built by Dominion Motors Limited, Leaside, On tario

Re: Steeldraulic Breaks

If you can send me that info you have on Steeldraulic brakes, I would greatly appreciate it.


Where Are You From? Scranton, Pa.

Re: Steeldraulic Brakes

I would like a copy Frank , thank you.
Jack Wright

Where Are You From? Ontario

Do You own a car built by Durant? 614 standard sedan

Re: Steeldraulic Brakes

If anyone else would like a copy I can email you a scan from the service manual.
Send me an email and I will reply with the scan attached.

Where Are You From? Hookstown PA

Do You own a car built by Durant? too many

Re: Steeldraulic Brakes

I would very much like to have the info on Steeldyraulic brake thanks

Where Are You From? ithaca ny

Do You own a car built by Durant? 614 durant ,locomobile jr 8

Re: Steeldraulic Brakes


The model A has an 11" "inside diameter" brake drum as does our '28 and '29s...Your steeldraulic brake drums are 11" "outside diameter" That is the reason that Lance mentions in the post above the need to remove a chunk of the bands and weld...Phil on the other hand told me that the bands installed with no need for modification on his '29...I originally thought that the model A bands had to be modified to fit any of our drums was one reason that I machined my own set of ductile iron bands for my '28, with those I machined them to 10 thousands smaller I.D. then the drums and heat them to 500 degrees and installed them with a shrink fit...Not sure how you would cut a chunk from the model A bands and expect to end up with an exact shrink fit unless the bands are machined after or they are capable of stretching somewhat? Lance I am sure would have the answer....I Sand blasted my drums before installing my bands with a fine sand so they would get a good heat transfer and lock.

Where Are You From? Yuma, AZ / Leavenworth, WA

Do You own a car built by Durant? several

Re: Steeldraulic Brakes

Yeah,Bill I was wondering how that was going to work with taking out just enough of these new bands to get a shrink fit on my drums without some machine work to make them round again after you have taken out this precise amount and welded everything back together. My machinist friend is good (part time race car mechanic and fabricator), but it will involve some head scratching. But thanks for the info on what you came up with. Ross

Where Are You From? Orygun

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1930 6-14

Re: Steeldraulic Brakes

Sorry about the delay in getting back to you. As you know the bands are too big, I sent mine back and worked on adjusting the breaks to function better. I looked into making some bands to the proper size but the cost was to high. So my solution is defensive driving, down shift early and stay away from steep hills.
Merry Christmas - DJ

Where Are You From? Port Hueneme, California

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1930 Durant deluxe Sedan

Re: Steeldraulic Brakes

Your forgot to add Cross you fingers and pray as with most Durant/Star braking systems in todays world

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan

Re: Steeldraulic Breaks

I would like to get those 10 pages about Steeldraulics that you offered. Call me if you would, to get address and I will pay for mailing costs, etc. 727-327-5717 TYhanks, Ross Nelson

Where Are You From? St. Pete, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? Yes, 1930 Durant 614

Re: Steeldraulic Breaks

Ross, I emailed you the brake info. Hope that helps, Frank

Where Are You From? Hookstown, PA

Do You own a car built by Durant? many

Re: Steeldraulic Breaks

I would love a copy of the replacement brakes / adj.

Where Are You From? Salem, VA

Do You own a car built by Durant? Yes


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