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Old 07-07-2020, 01:45 PM   #1
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Default 56 Victoria stock rear drums

I've been trying to source rear drums for a 56 Victoria with a stock rear end. Now I know MACs sell some but they are quite pricey and people I know have had quality issues with them in the past. I'm also on the other side of the world that doesn't help the price point either.

I wondered if anyone knew of a interchange part.

They are an 11" x 2-1/4" drum as far as I can tell and the wagons for 56 are different. I have no idea if the 55's are exactly the same.

Did the 54 have similar drums? I know from 57 the rear end changed and with it the brakes too.

Would raybestos 2626r work?
https://www.rockauto.com/en/parts/ra...626R,drum,1744
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Old 07-07-2020, 02:30 PM   #2
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I've been trying to source rear drums for a 56 Victoria with a stock rear end. Now I know MACs sell some but they are quite pricey and people I know have had quality issues with them in the past. I'm also on the other side of the world that doesn't help the price point either.

I wondered if anyone knew of a interchange part.

They are an 11" x 2-1/4" drum as far as I can tell and the wagons for 56 are different. I have no idea if the 55's are exactly the same.

Did the 54 have similar drums? I know from 57 the rear end changed and with it the brakes too.

Would raybestos 2626r work?
https://www.rockauto.com/en/parts/ra...626R,drum,1744
No those are for a 10" drum they have been used on 1952-54 Fords. Your '56 had 11" X 1.75" brake shoes. You could use the 2626R if you switched to 1952-54 backing plates and shoes. I'm afraid Mac's has you over a barrel on those, those drums are also used on the popular 1957-59 Ford 9" rear ends they know how to make a profit.
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Old 07-07-2020, 03:04 PM   #3
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Default Re: 56 Victoria stock rear drums

Try cgfordparts.com. Their prices seem a bit more reasonable. I'm going through the same exercise for a '55 Merc. The fronts are 11 inch ID and take 2 1/2" shoes, the rears take 2" shoes, 5" bolt pattern. Anybody know of something more readily available for later FOMOCO products or even other makes?
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Old 07-07-2020, 05:00 PM   #4
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Default Re: 56 Victoria stock rear drums

Concours in Carson City lists them:
https://www.parts123.com/parts123/yb.dll?parta~dyndetail~Z5Z5Z50000051e~Z5Z5Z513607~ P134.95~~~~S5T
512HIFK47149118880i~Z5Z5Z5~Z5Z5Z50000051e
But as I guess you know they are not cheap. 170 bucks each with shipping
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Old 07-07-2020, 09:15 PM   #5
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Default Re: 56 Victoria stock rear drums

Looking at it from a different perspective, the '56 Victoria rearend is the same rearend that is used on '55 & 56 sedans, so if you knew of a junkyard that has a drum pile, maybe you could rifle thru it and find some good ones. Keep in mind, the wagons, T-Birds and F100 Trucks had a different rearend, so take a tape measure with you and make sure to match diameter and depth to your drums.
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Old 07-08-2020, 04:06 AM   #6
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Thanks guys. I wanted to make sure they have me "over a barrel".

I might upgrade to a more common rear end in future but my car is basically stock except for a wiper motor and distributor. I'm going to try to keep it this way a while yet.
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Old 07-08-2020, 03:12 PM   #7
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For what you will pay for those drums you can just about swap to a later and much stronger Explorer 8.8 axle with disc brakes and a locker and stronger 31 spline axles. Maybe some one might know or has tried this,check out the prices on these drums and the shoes I looked up a 1979 LTD with a 302 and found these as dirt cheap deals so could you use these by also using the matching hardware kits and also the self adjuster kits for an additional upgrade ? https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/...+hub,drum,1744 Other possibility will the later model backing plates bolt up to the earlier rear end ?

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Old 07-08-2020, 09:28 PM   #8
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The 8.8 swap is a nice swap, but not that easy as there has to be a number of modifications that must be made to get it fitting right.
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Old 07-09-2020, 05:31 AM   #9
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Fiddy6,
I have those brake drums in stock... But I am away at the Chrysler's @ Carlisle show right now....
Give me a call after the weekend... Always best to simply call me --- Craig ---
516 - 485 - 1935......
Yours, Craig.....
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Old 07-10-2020, 08:56 AM   #10
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I have those brake drums in stock... But I am away at the Chrysler's @ Carlisle show right now....
Give me a call after the weekend... Always best to simply call me --- Craig ---
516 - 485 - 1935......
Yours, Craig.....
This guy is the real deal and local to me, give him a try if you get stuck finding parts.
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Old 07-12-2020, 01:35 PM   #11
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I found some locally. Ajays in Waihi had some. Still pretty expensive. Thanks guys.
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