On my 50 Pan I run a wide glide front end with the stock mechanical brake. I have NEVER had very good braking with the original equipment and my drum appeared to be warped. If I attempted to tighten up the shoes so that I MIGHT have better braking the wheel was free turning only about half of a revolution. Then it'd be bound up for the remain half of a revolution.
I tried turning the drum a few thousandth's and that seemed to help a little, but still didn't have very good braking and it still bound up about a quarter of the revolution.
SO, I bought a new drum and installed it. MUCH better and it doesn't appear to be out of round, BUT... I still don't have much braking ability even with a brand new set of shoes.
Can anyone tell me a reliable way to get the shoes arc'd to the drum? I saw in one of the other post's where someone suggested taking the shoes and drum to a local auto parts store and that they'd be able to arc them in a few minutes. Has anyone done this? Seems to me that they'd have to have the correct jig to set up your shoes in order to know where they're supposed to be riding inside the drum.
Just my ignorance showing up again...