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Hi,

I was just researching restoring my drums, and people have mentioned of welding the contact points where the shoes touch the backing plate....and then grind it out? Is that right?

Im more of a visual person, anyone got a video?

I understand that grooves in the backing plate, will cause issues braking.

Do I have to weld? Is there any other product out there that I can use?
 

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You must weld. No glue could handle the forces involved. The existing unworn surface acts as a guide for dressing the weld.
 
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In my 40 years as a professional mechanic, I've welded a lot of them. I used a gas welder or a wire feed welder then ground them smooth with a 4 inch disc grinder. I added just a touch of lithium grease before I installed the shoes. Some other mechanics tried JB Weld but it didn't hold.
 

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If those pads where the shoes ride have grooves in them, you ought to fix them for smoother braking
 
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