I am chasing rear brake drums for a Bedford SB bus. I have tried the usual sources including Adrian Dawes and ACW. Neither have any available.
The bus is 1963 single speed with standard 20" wheels. ACW advised "Otherwise, if it is standard 1963 SB bus, it does cross with a particular Truck from the TK model range “KGL” and also early “EFR” up to 1972 with the 16” inside diameter measured drums that use the same brakes also."
Anyone have any info or leads on a set, prefer new or near new as these seem to be getting rarer than rocking horse stuff so I'd like to have something with a lot of meat to ensure that I am not chasing them when they are rarer 10 years down the track.
I had a set of rears drum cast about 10 or so years ago at a foundry in the Sutherland Shire near Sydney for my N Series (same as the later SBs). I can't remember their name but Cam Cast, in Kirrawee NSW would be worth an enquiry.
Generally for one offs,you supply the old drum,and they make up for shrinkage by jiggling it in the sand to oversize the mould ...........likely you have to machine it yourself ,which is pretty easy.............Some years ago ,I went to auction at (maybe Dennis Trailers),and bought a lot of rough cast 15" low loader drums.......I didnt have a sample ,but managed to machine the drums OK ,and sold dozens on ebay without any complaints...............One thing for sure.......you wont get quality iron like the old pommy drums,foundry drums will be soft and wear very quickly,just like the cheapie semi axle spares you get for $100 each.