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Old 05-20-2020, 04:14 PM   #1
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Default Kelsey-Hayes rims on new cast iron

I've installed cast iron rear drums but now my K-H rims won't fit. It seems that the new emergency/parking brake casting is larger than original. Has anybody else encountered this? What is your solution? I've been grinding the welds where the spokes join the rims, but they still won't fit. Is there an "easy" solution? Thanks. Ned
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Old 05-20-2020, 05:23 PM   #2
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Whose drums did you use?
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Old 05-20-2020, 05:37 PM   #3
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It won't solve the problem but might give more data, will an original Model A rim fit?

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You can only use Kelsey Hayes wheel on rear cast drums by grinding the heck out of the inner spoke ends to clear the drum. Not a cool thing to do, but if you are careful it will work.
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Bummer eh, I had 5 KH bent spokes power coated before I checked them on the 4 original Ford cast iron drums. No bueno-would not fit over rear drums.
I was not comfortable with grinding the spokes.
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Old 05-20-2020, 11:27 PM   #7
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I have a 31 Vicky sitting on Kelsey Hayes, I havenít looked to see if anything was modified. Parked for 50+years. Iím told 1 is missing. I can try to get a picture.


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You can only use Kelsey Hayes wheel on rear cast drums by grinding the heck out of the inner spoke ends to clear the drum. Not a cool thing to do, but if you are careful it will work.
Steve, how much interference is there? Can/could the drum itself be machined on the outside some to gain the necessary clearance?
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Old 05-23-2020, 08:31 PM   #9
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I think I would call Randy Gross and ask him if the drums he sells clear, 714-292-8660 or email melmodela@aol.com. If so, send the ones you have back and buy from him.

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Old 06-28-2020, 08:42 AM   #14
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I solved it by grinding the "bump" of the spoke welds. Not a great idea but it works. Was a real pain to do. Then painted over the grind marks.
Wish I'd have known of the problem earlier as the drums could have been truned.
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