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    Hi fellow froggies
    I'm a newby to the forum and have only owned my lovely 56 Kentucky Rose 4cv for a week.
    Got it going for the first time in 35 years but not sure it will ever stop!
    Obviously brake drums are rarer than good news from the White House so I'm up for advice from anyone who has been in my position of wanting to retain original spider wheels.
    Has anyone ever had replacement drums made?

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    Pop into Power Brakes at Holden Hill, they may just require a bit of a skim to remove any (if any) rust without becoming useless. Power Brakes will be able to reline the shoes to suit.
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    Thanks Simon
    That's where reality set in
    Good guys but said 2 drums were 230 thou oversized and were scrap.
    Quote of $900 to refresh all cylinders and hoses and linings was ok but I'm on hold until I find alternative drums.
    Thinking that as 4cv drums aren't available I either have to make some or consider dauphine 9 inch for front and CV4 rear.
    No idea where to find 9 inch drums and still retain original spider wheels
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    Hi David
    I was thinking that some people have replaced their spider wheels with discs so there could be some hiding in sheds looking for a new life ?? Put an add in the parts for sale and wanted.
    Also put adds in the Renault car club magazines around the country too. Not all people come on AFs.
    I assume you have looked on the web at the usual suspects who sell retro parts overseas. It is amazing what is available now new !
    good luck Jaahn

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    John Waterhouse did an excellent set of articles in FourWord on just this question. Even I could understand them.

    I am doing a similar conversion myself ( but don't have a spider wheel one )

    You will obviously need the whole lot - back plates , drums , shoes etc. , also Dauphine handbrake cable.

    I can't work out how to put them up on AF, so PM me with email or talk directly to John.

    Andrew

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    This one is a real long shot, in the absence of sourcing something close.

    This place seems to install liners within brake drums, pictured are aluminium drums, but they also briefly mention cast. Again, it is a long shot but they may be worth contacting just for a chat to see what other options there are.

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    I'm sure you'll find drums that aren't too oversize, maybe that is what renojet has contacted you about.

    He and I both have spider wheel Dauphine brakes (9" instead of 7" drums) but they were only made in 1956 and a bit hard to find....

    PM me if you don't find what you want but I imagine your problem is solved. With respect to wheel cylinders, they are available new ex-France (easy) and Argentina (some of us have had problems with the rubber components from that source but who knows, they may be fine now) and hoses are best made locally at a good brake place. They are Lockheed brakes with non-metric threads and all fittings are available new in Oz. It's not too hard actually.

    Good luck and please join the Register if you haven't yet!

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