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I want to run four wheel drum and here is the issue. The stuff I know of (F-1, F-100, aftermarket) is all 5 x 5 1/2. All the back axels I can think of other than a banjo or something I can't find brake parts for is 5 x 4 1/2 to 5x5. It may seem trivial but I want all the wheels to have the same bolt pattern. Anyone know of a goo junkyard find axel with 5x5 1/2? Thanks.
The only one that comes to mine at this moment is a '49 -'50 Merc. Some of the early Mopars also had the 5-1/2" on 5 layout.

I think(bad thing to do:lol:) that the early Ford Bronco 9" rearends were 5 x 5 1/2. They were pretty narrow too.

Hotrod46 said:
I think(bad thing to do:lol:) that the early Ford Bronco 9" rearends were 5 x 5 1/2. They were pretty narrow too.


in my best Ed McMahon "Yes! You are right Sir."
Ok, so what lug pattern is your front end ?
If you are looking for 5 on 5 1/2" lugs, Early (up into the late 80's??) were 5 on 5 1/2" in the 1/2 ton ford PU models. And Vans also in the E-150, I'm using one...
Yes the Broncos are also 5 on 5 1/2, The BIG broncos.
Jeeps are another source, the older ones...Not sure bout the newer stuff.
Check around for wheels !! If you are using 5 on 5 1/2" you will be a little restricted as to how many different width and types of wheels are available to you.
Steel wheels are not a problem but big wide aluminum wheels will not be found. You may have to go to adapters or have the axles/drums/hubs redrilled....
I have a Ford/MOPAR 5 on 4 1/2" patern on the front and I am using the 66 Bronco Narrowed 9" housing on the rear with a set of 86 Ford E-150 Van 31 spline axles , with 5 on 5 1/2" patern, drum brakes. "BH"
Another option for a rearend, thats not real wide is a Suzuki Samurai. The same 5 1/2 on 5 pattern. Plus a dropout third member, so a clean pumpkin.
I guess I should clarify. I want to run 4 wheel drum for a 60's style bucket. Other than the Ford F1 brakes, which are 5 x 5 1/2, what other drum brake options for the front are out there. I would perefer to run 4 1/2 or 4 3/4 wheels all around.
I'm running early Chevy spindles and drums, around '52 I think. Then had the ford rearend redrilled for the Chevy lug pattern. Also you may be able to redrill the F1 hubs to what you want.

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