Other than the brutal chassis reaction, the Barracuda's 10-inch drum brakes seemed to work great. Still, a brake inspection should be at the top of the list with an old car. We checked the hoses, lines, and wheel cylinders for signs of deterioration or leakage, and the components looked good. The linings were fresh, but we found the drums bent and distorted at the wheel lug face. We also had a broken left-hand thread stud on one of the hubs. Stashed in boxes when we converted our Duster to discs was a spare set of hubs and drums, which were a direct replacement.