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Vintage Road Tests with Aluminum Drums--your help needed!


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I'm working on a story for a magazine, and was wondering if anyone has some vintage magazines with road tests where they talk about the performance of the finned aluminum drums. I don't want your magazines, just the title, year and month.<BR>They would start with the '58 model, and run through the late '60s. I know there are a lot of guys out there with vintage Motor Trends, Car & Driver, etc. featuring the cars you have in your garage! With the title, year and month of the article, I can buy the magazine from a company that supplies vintage mags. <BR>If you read through your articles and find any performance specs on braking, techno-speak about how they were manufactured, or changes in metal composition, fin count, etc., and then just e-mail me a paraphrase as to what it says, that would help me tremendously. Better yet, post it here so everyone can read it.<BR>Also, any guys who have '67-70 Skylarks and Sport Wagons, they were available with 9.5-inch finned drums in front.<BR>Finally, I need someone with a '65 Buick to look at their front drums and count the fins. In 1964 the drums had 45 fins, and in 1966 they have 90 fins. You don't even need to count all of the fins--the fins are spaced one inch apart on 45-fin drums, 1/2-inch apart on 90-fin. I need to know when they made the change-in '65 or '66?!<BR>Thank you all for your help,<BR>-Brad Ocock

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Brad,<P>If I were doing this, I'd start by looking at <I>Popular Mechanics</I> ( <A HREF="http://www.popularmechanics.com/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.popularmechanics.com/</A> ) magazine for the years you're interested in. This is exactly the type of article that Tom McCahill used to write. PM was/is a popular library magazine, so back issues are usually pretty easy to find.<P>Another rich source is <I>Automotive Engineering International</I>, the journal of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The magazine is in its 109th year, so past copies should be available. I think the Gale Group ( <A HREF="http://www.galegroup.com/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.galegroup.com/</A> ) handles distribution on CD ROM. I don't know about depth of back issues or indexing.<BR> <A HREF="http://www.sae.org/automag/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.sae.org/automag/</A> <P>Another long-gone gearhead magazine that had a Detriot product focus was <I>Car Life</I> (merged with <I>Sports Car Graphic</I> and <I>Car and Driver</I> in the early '70s?)<P>Happy researching!<P>JMC<p>[ 05-24-2001: Message edited by: John Chapman ]

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