John Pepitone wrote:
The brake shoes I would replace, rebuilt ones with new linings are cheap, about $60 for what stops your car, I wouldnt risk that. Yours may look ok but 30 year old bonding does not sound like something I would risk myself nor a restored car with. Same goes for the hardware kits, if they are just greasy, clean them up, rusty, throw them away, but usually not worth the trouble of restoring, replating, not to mention the springs loose integrity over 30-40 years. These complete kits are also cheap, like $30, all new, plated, ready to assemble.
With the drums, having an experienced person turn them, what I mean is, brake shops usually want to take off x amount of material, needed or not, they probably do not know the ID specification (280mm) etc, If you have a friend with a machine shop that is a good way to go, at least have him measure the ID, check for round, shave the surface if they look ok.
Not sure if any one is reproducing the slinger, but they do show up on ebay and the samba. If you see a junk drum for sale that has one, grab it, getting hard to find.
Hope that helps
Ok, this is helping a bunch. New shoes it is. Next issue. A friend of mine pointed out that the hub center on my left rear drum may be too damaged for re-use. Here are pics, please give your opinions. He also suggested that maybe it could be turned and use a spacer, but not sure about that. Thanks