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Front Disc Conversion Only

Post #1 by Humpbackshooter » Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:50 am

Morning folks,
The question for this morning is.......how many of yall change/convert the front brakes to disc and leave the rear manual? I'm thinking bout doing this. Checking some of the brake web sites, this will save me a few $$$. BUT what is the advantage to doing this? Also....in my reading, I have found that I shouldn't have a problem with adding a power booster MC when I do this. There should be plenty of vacuum to support it.

Thanks for your input in advance.
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Post #2 by CoupeBoy » Tue Oct 11, 2016 2:01 pm

Millions of cars have front disk with rear drum, either power or manual.
When you convert you will have power or non-power front AND rear. There is no separating the brake system.
There are a lot of kits available for your conversion.
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Post #3 by Humpbackshooter » Tue Oct 11, 2016 3:57 pm

Thanks Coupe for your response. I was just seeing if there was any advantages to doing it this way. I know that the original brakes were just O.K. And that a up-grade is good.....safety wise. Being that this is going to be a some what daily driver....AND the wife will be driving it too....I need to make it easy to stop.

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Post #4 by CoupeBoy » Tue Oct 11, 2016 8:12 pm

My wife drives our 1968 Mustang all the time (14,000 miles last year ) with non-power drum brakes at all 4 corners.
It all has to do with level of comfort.

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Post #5 by Humpbackshooter » Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:49 am

mind is spoiled :bang:

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Post #6 by mustang6 » Wed Oct 12, 2016 1:31 pm

60-80% (depending on how nose heavy your car is and how hard you brake) of all braking is done on the front which is why disc brakes were put there first. So you will get the most bang for the buck by doing that. Adding power at the same time is a good call as disc brakes are not "self energizing" like drums are and manual discs will take even more pedal effort to operate than manual drums. So go power and add discs to the front and you will have the best combo for the dollar in my opinion.

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Re: Front Disc Conversion Only

Post #7 by rocklord » Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:00 pm

Disc brakes on the front only is OK.

When stopping, a vehicle's load (weight) shifts to the front axle, so more effort is required of the front brakes than the rear.

My 2008 Scion xD has rear drums on the back, discs on the front.
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Post #8 by Humpbackshooter » Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:41 pm

Thanks guys for your "get-backs". This is the way I'll be going. Looking at the kit from "Mustangbrakeparts.com". Have talked with them and now trying to get my $$ in a row.

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Post #9 by Humpbackshooter » Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:58 pm

Plan on going with the up-grade 4 to 5 lug. And pulling the rear axles and having them punch to 5 also.

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Post #10 by B RON CO » Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:34 pm

Hi, find out what wheel size you will need before you start spending money. Most disc brake kits do not fit stock type 14 inch rims. Good luck
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Post #11 by Humpbackshooter » Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:28 pm

Thanks Ron for the info. On their web site, it ask if/what size wheel I will be going with. I also question them on follow-up repairs. They said that I would be able to get pad, rotors etc at my local parts place. That they don't hold you captive to their parts when it comes to repairs down the road. :beer:

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Post #12 by CoupeBoy » Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:51 pm

Have you checked out?
Classic Services Restoration Parts (CSRP)

Complete kits, all parts included.
Used to be a member on here a long time ago as "degins".

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Post #13 by Humpbackshooter » Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:43 am

Cb.....I have looked at theirs....but I haven't talked to anyone yet. I have talked to the folks at Mustang brake parts.com & the folks at ABS. ABS said that when it comes to replacing the rotors......I will have to come back to them. MBP.com said I will be able to go down to NAPA/ AZone and pick up replacements. I talked with someone a while back (1yr maybe) at CSRP. I'll have to touch base with them again.

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Post #14 by Humpbackshooter » Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:40 am

Hey Coupe........I touched base with Dennis @ CSRP. That's the way I will be going. I had somehow lost that web site and glad you brought it up. THANKS. It's going to save me almost half the price of the other conversion sites. AND get the same thing. I will try and order them this week and start the swap in a few weeks before hunting season starts. (Man....I have got to get retired so I can get around to all I want to do. :D :D )

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Post #15 by Humpbackshooter » Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:45 am

What is the wheel pattern for most of the disc swaps? ( 4 to 5 lug) 5 X 4.5 Is that standard?

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Post #16 by CoupeBoy » Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:04 am

yes

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Post #17 by mustang6 » Thu Oct 20, 2016 2:54 am

+1 Yes
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Post #18 by Humpbackshooter » Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:08 am

Thanks for the replies. This way when I pull my rear axles and carry them to the machine shop.....I can tell them 5X4.5 and all will be well. :beer:

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Post #19 by Humpbackshooter » Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:12 am

I should be able to go down to any "pull your parts" place and pick up some 5 lug wheels. I will need some to run till I get my S/S at a later date.

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Post #20 by Humpbackshooter » Sat Oct 29, 2016 11:50 am

Follow up......is the pattern on Jeep wheels the same as Ford? I seem to think for some reason that their both the same. Was looking at some on Craigs list.

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Re: Front Disc Conversion Only

Post #21 by bubba22349 » Sat Oct 29, 2016 3:20 pm

:hmmm: yes many models and years are the same 5 X 4.5 wheel pattern as Fords, but not all them are. Have the seller measure them for you to be sure. Good luck :nod:
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Post #22 by Humpbackshooter » Sat Oct 29, 2016 4:58 pm

Bubba....Thanks again. :beer:

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Post #23 by B RON CO » Sat Oct 29, 2016 5:13 pm

Hi, Ford and Chrysler bolt patterns were the same. The center hole hub openings were different. Good luck
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