[Spridgets] BE rear brakes up-grade

Frank Clarici spritenut at comcast.net
Wed Sep 3 17:44:21 MDT 2008

bv wrote:
> Herb,
> I 'upgraded' to later midget brakes using the backing plates, and parking
> brake actuating rods off a '78 midget. The only problem I ran into was the 
> brake drums rubbed on the new backing plates. I had to have about 1/16 inch
> machined off the back of the drums. It appears that the mounting location of
> the later 1/2 leaf axles is slightly different than the early 1/4 leaf axles.
Exactly what Bryan said. But I just used a grinder to take a tad off the 
inside edge of the brake drums.
I have converted a few to the later brakes. My 58, two59s, 60, and the 
59 Austin A40.
At first I thought the brake drums were just a bit thicker from the 
early cars but it is just a slight difference in how the back plates mount.

Frank Clarici
Toms River, NJ

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