Alright, so what are my options for brake shoes? I have a rear axle seal that has leaked and soaked the shoes on my car, and I hear that replacement shoes are almost impossible to find for a Giulietta. Any info?
I sent shoes for all four wheels off to White Post a few years ago. They were relined quickly and inexpensively (~$20 per wheel if I remember correctly). I'll bet you can also find a local brake shop in the phone book.
True, no one carries pre-lined shoes. But, you can easily have your old shoes re-lined. Back when I lived in the Bay Area, and was restoring my Giulia spider, I brought mine to a place in the industrial part of San Jose, and was pleased with their work. I don't recall the company's name (Tom Sahines would know), but they seemed to deal primarily with heavy-duty trucks - however, they did enough restoration work to be willing to tinker with an Alfa Romeo. Bring them your backing plates and drums as well, so they can determine the proper lining thickness and finished radius. Otherwise, they will apply a lining that is about an inch thick!
My memory might be a little rusty, but I thought I read somewhere that Giulietta brake shoe linings are the same spec as those on 1950s-era Rolls Royce cars? If anyone can confirm that, then maybe you could find such a specialist if there are no other options. But Alfastop really is a superb outfit.
Alfa Stop do have indeed the correct lining material which I seem to recall is made for them. Tony is not the least expensive but, in my opion, he provides the best and to be brutally frank....thats what I want my brakes to be!
Alfajay is absolutely right about sending drums and backing plates. Trying to file down and mount brake shoes with linings thick has Doc Marten boot soles is a nightmare. My wrists and shoulders still ache from trying to wrestle the drum over too thick shoes and it's been four months.
I did the "treatment" on rear wheels, of course didn´t achive the same even surface as it was before, but apparently it worked well, as I day after went for a yearly technical inspection and the brakes passed with flying colors.