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.
A small garage down the street from our house has on their lettersign: We do brake jobs! Stop by...........if you can!....................
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.
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?
go with the upgraded drums, that should be plenty improvement IMO