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Old 03-24-2018, 04:37 PM
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I have been researching 4 wheel disc brake conversions on the internet and have gotten confused as to what is really best.

Looking for some advice and who has the best kits from some of you that have done the conversion.

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Old 03-24-2018, 07:36 PM
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Is this for your 1957 Thunderbird?
Will you do the work or will you pay someone else?
Do you have bending and flaring tools?
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Old 03-25-2018, 05:32 PM
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yes it is for my 57, I will do the work. I do have benders,flaring tool and cutter plus all the other tools I need.I have a complete sheet metal shop. 10 years ago I did a frame off 57 Nomad.

I have just been searching and there are a ton of kits available and thought maybe someone had first hand experience with a certain supplier.

I prefer not to relocate my battery and I also have 14 stock rims I would like to keep.

Just not real secure driving with drum brakes, I remember the old days LOL
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The battery location is a problem with Classic T-birds because it robs valuable room at the firewall.

Of course, we would all love to keep the stock parts and locations. But in order to make your car safe and able to compete on today's roads with little cars that all have disk brakes and radial tires, concessions must be made.

You can keep 14" rims but they must accommodate the caliper like Ranger rims or Granada rims do. I understand Kelsey wire wheels are good with the conversion as well.

There is no need to retrofit the rear drums as they only help with 25% of the braking. In fact, our 2010 Escape came with rear drum brakes. Since they will lock up the back wheels, disks won't lock them up any better. The front brakes is an entirely different story. Everyone should have front power disk brakes.

I've seen interesting setups for your car. One used an extremely long brake pedal rod with the booster mounted on the fender apron. Another setup had the booster turned ninety degrees at the firewall using a bell-crank bracket. I suggest using a two-stage 8" booster with a dual piston M/C and a combination (proportioning) valve. I do not know of a good vendor. You can fabricate the parts. - Dave
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I used the CASCO kit with the original booster for the front disks only. Everything is included in their kit including new matched rear wheel cylinders and a master cylinder. System works very well and can retain the 14" wheels on a 57. I have used both repo wires and steel wheels with no interference problems. I'm sure other conversions will work well also. I also do not see the need to convert the rear to disks other than the cool factor and be able to say I have 4 wheel disk brakes. That said, conversion kits are available for the 9" Ford rear used on a 57. Pay attention to the parking brake function if you decide to do a rear disk conversion. Front disk conversion is a well worth while modification IMO.
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Thank you guys,that is just the info I was looking for. I was going back and forth about front only or front and rear.

I could make the brackets as we have a CNC Plasma cutter, but as I get older my time becomes more valuable. I am sure I would have hours and hours involved in getting all the pieces and parts together. I will look into the vendors you guys have suggested.

Thank you very Much
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