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To: painter

Nice car!

I’m an inept mechanic at best but I have undertaken some small projects on my car. Next up is brakes. I’m trying to decide between 2 kits. One is the standard front drum replacement with disks and the other is a replacement kit with 4 new drum brakes supposed to increase braking effectiveness about 30% and replacing the single master cylinder with 2 cylinders. It’s pretty much a necessity since I live in the mountains. Can’t decide though. The disks promise better braking ability but it’s apparently more difficult to install. Since I’m not too handy with a wrench it’s a difficult decision.


39 posted on 12/31/2009 6:36:12 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: saganite
Next up is brakes.

A small garage down the street from our house has on their lettersign: We do brake jobs! Stop by...........if you can!....................

43 posted on 12/31/2009 6:49:14 AM PST by Red Badger (Obama - The first ever elected lame duck..............)
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To: saganite

I wan to overhaul my brakes also. The six cyl has even smaller brakes than the 8. I affaid to let the wifey drive it because of this. It requires quite a bit of force to stop that thing even considering it’s light weight. I’m looking into installing front discs and a power booster. Only a few kits are offered for six cyl brake upgrade because they are 4 lug.


64 posted on 12/31/2009 7:57:04 AM PST by jaydubya2
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To: saganite
If you have a friend who's a pretty good mechanic to help the drum to disc is actually easier than it looks. I helped my Mustang restoration partner who is a good mechanic convert two or three mustangs. Switching from a single reservoir to a dual is a very good idea. I did that to a 65 coup project car I had a few years ago.Since I replaced all of the brake lines (I recomend it) it was a snap.
71 posted on 12/31/2009 8:13:12 AM PST by painter (No wonder democrats don't mind taxes.THEY DON'T PAY THEM !)
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To: saganite
I’m an inept mechanic at best but I have undertaken some small projects on my car. Next up is brakes. I’m trying to decide between 2 kits. One is the standard front drum replacement with disks and the other is a replacement kit with 4 new drum brakes supposed to increase braking effectiveness about 30% and replacing the single master cylinder with 2 cylinders. It’s pretty much a necessity since I live in the mountains. Can’t decide though. The disks promise better braking ability but it’s apparently more difficult to install. Since I’m not too handy with a wrench it’s a difficult decision.

Yeah, you definitely want the dual-reservoir master cylinder; the older style is not very safe in a car that gets driven regularly. My '65 Fastback (Shelby clone) has the factory Kelsey-Hayes disc brakes up front (calipers rebuilt by Stainless Steel Brakes to prevent seized pistons) and oversized (station wagon) drums in the rear, just like Shelby configured them. The Master Cylinder is from a Maverick. It works well, yet looks mostly "original".

I wouldn't even consider retaining the front drums unless the car is a trailer queen. Just curious - which front disc kit are you considering?

79 posted on 12/31/2009 8:47:47 AM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: saganite

go with the upgraded drums, that should be plenty improvement IMO


87 posted on 12/31/2009 12:56:56 PM PST by valkyry1
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