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Nick Jones
December 26, 2017, 3:25pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Bitumen Boy
My experience of front drums is that they need constant cleaning and adjusting - like every weekend constant - if they're to work at all, I can't speak about them working well as that's something I never achieved. Discs work better and need a lot less maintenance so it's a no brainer for me - discs every time.

I would tend to agree with this.  My experience perhaps not quite so negative, they certainly could be pretty effective when working properly but definately a much more reliable and consistent result from the discs without any need for regular fettling.

Two conversion routes available to the OP.

1.  There was a factory option for discs (certainly for early 1200, not sure if ever offered for 94 which used the same vertical link with an adaptor piece for a caliper fitted instead of the drum backplate.  To go this route you'd need

- The adapter plates (v. hard to find now)
- Calipers.  Would originally have been type 12 but 14s could also be used and easier to find now
- Hubs & discs.  Some variation between early (Type 12 caliper) and later (type 14 caliper) with the latter having a machined edge on the circumference to give clearance with the calipers
- Brake pipes - new flexi-hoses plus I'm pretty sure I had to modify the hard-line run slightly though it's years ago now......

2. Use the complete later vertical link assembly with hubs/discs calipers from any Herald or Spitfire.  Same comments on brake lines will apply.


Nick Jones
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To go this route you'd need

also, the correct stub axle.  I haven't  got the chapter and verse but the disc conversion adds 1" to the track

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I ran drum brakes on my courier van, till I ran out of brakes on the RBRR a couple of times, then I converted to discs, its been restored now (Chris Gunby 1678VC) and is back on drums.

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Drums are adequate until the first time you get into your Triumph after a week driving a servo-powered modern.
Then you lightly tap the brake pedal and nothing happens, so you press harder, and nothing happens, so you stand on the pedal and the car eventually stops.... it takes a bit of getting used to after a modern...

If it was made by man, it can be dismantled and rebuilt by man. Usually just not as easily.
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I’d disagree with that.  Well shod and adjusted drums are perfectly reasonable for a 948 or 1200 Herald unless used for hard driving all of the time.


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