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Many a complaint has been heard about Aurelia brake judder. Various theories have been offered, but the most likely problem is an ill-fit between the shoe and the drum: if the drum and shoe are not cut to the same radius, differential wearing will occur, and may lead to judder.

Shown above is a Zanchi cutter, period type, cutting the shoes on Nigel Trow’s s. 3 B20. Here in the US, I’ve had good luck with Tony Nicosia, who does this for brake shoes and drums.

Written by Geoff

May 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Posted in Aurelia

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  1. I live in regional Australia (a town called Wagga Wagga). No Lancias here! I entered Nigel Trow in the search box – only one hit. I’m looking to buy some of his books; initial research indicates his stuff on Lancia is the best in English? His “Lancia:Flag and Shield”, published 1980. Can someone confirm that this book covers Lancia from inception to the 1970s? One citation indicated that coverage ended in the 1950s. I’m interested in the 1950s and 1960s Lancias.

    Warwick Grundy

    Warwick Grundy

    August 24, 2012 at 3:52 am

    • Take a look on the main site (go to “”) and there you will find a Reference section, including a library page about books on Lancia. Nigel’s book only goes up through the Flaminia, into the early 1960s. For a larger and longer look, see Wim Oude Weernink’s La Lancia. There is also Nigel’s book on Lancia Racing, which you might enjoy, which does cover the later periods.


      August 24, 2012 at 10:18 am

      • hi, where can we purchase such a tool?
        do you know?

        Roland Ducommun

        March 5, 2015 at 10:09 pm

        • I’m sorry I don’t. Tony Nicosia in Costa Mesa takes care in cutting the brake drums he does, and I think he found some older brake cutting machine. You just have to look around. In Europe, try Padova or one of the other classic car fairs.


          March 5, 2015 at 10:17 pm

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