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From: Herman
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Date: May 14, 2003


You know, I hate to admit this, but I read bolt and thought stud for some reason. I did some research and 55-58 Plymouth, 56 Dodge, 55 Desoto and 55 Chrysler used wheel bolts according to my Mopar Parts cd. I had a 55 Plymouth station wagon I played with before I got my drivers license (1965) and for the life of me, I don't remember it having bolts. I remember some cars having them when I was a brake mechanic '68 - '70, but for some reason thought only earlier model Chrysler products had them. If it were mine, I'd look in a Hollander interchange book and see if they show an interchange with 57 - 58 Dodge, Desoto or Chrysler. Short of that, a drum with studs that measures the same width and id (11 x 2 or 12 x 2) will work fine - maybe 57-58 Dodge. I agree with you, bolts were a dumb idea. The biggest problem I had with them wasn't breaking, it was stripping. Broken ones could be heated and sprayed with WD-40, drilled and screwed out with an ez out. Stripped bolt holes required the customer to buy a new drum. Most of the time, it was the bolt that stripped. The bolt threads must have been softer than the threaded holes. I'm changing to AAJ disc brakes on the front and a later model rear end assembly on my 57 Firedome to get away from the tapered axles. Sorry for the misunderstanding on my part. Must have been brain dead when I responded. I try to be as accurate as I can to share my experiences with other Mopar guys - I blew it this time! Good luck with your project, we've got to keep the old finned Mopars on the road. Herman


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