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Crunch time

I'm well into crunch time preparing for our rally around the Highlands and islands of Scotland, and I'm starting to get a bit stressed about the amount of stuff still to do before we leave on Friday. Lintilla is as prepared as she's going to get now, apart from going to the garage tomorrow to get her tracking checked and adjusted (I suspect it has moved somehow because the steering wheel is no longer centralised).

I changed the front brake drums last night for a different pair I had bought to put on Fenchurch, and it cured the heavy vibration I got when braking hard at over 35MPH. Unfortunately that means that when I had the bad pair skimmed last year, the engineering shop must not have centralised them accurately enough in the lathe, and I don't now have a good pair for Fenchurch (you can't buy these drums new any more, and they are rather scarce and expensive on the second hand market).

I'm going to really need a holiday after all this holiday preparation! ;)


Don't know whether it's applicable to brake drums, but a firm in Warringtom (LRE machinery) used to renovate shafts on old lathes using a process which included spraying a film of molten metal onto the worn shaft then rework it to to original specifications. This information is several years old and I'm not sure whether they still do this.
Yes, I've heard of that being done to build worn steel shafts back up, but I'm not sure if it would work on a cast iron brake drum.
Should do, there's a few ways it can be done. A skilled welder can actually do it with weld the same way, I've known a nautical engineering firm do it.

I was going to offer you drums, I'd forgotten you'd changed them. You put Riley drums on Lintilla as well, then?