Not only is it the oldest type of elevator in the city of San Francisco, but the ‘Drum’ elevator is officially illegal.
The only way you’ll have one of these bad boys in your building is if it’s ‘grandfathered’ in.
That means the state of California is no longer allowing this type of elevator to be installed.
The good news is, that if the machine structure is sound, there is absolutely no problem modernizing your existing drum elevator and upgrading it to run like new.
Just swap out the bearings and the controller and you’re good to go.