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Old 11-14-2018, 07:42 PM
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The 275 tires do not go on much easier on a leaf spring rear end. Since I am replumbing all my brakes anyway, I am changing to disks in the rear for extra clearance to get the tires on and off.
There are several different places that seem an emergency brake that does on the driveshaft, most of the time these are on off road trucks. Don’t know why they wouldn’t work on a squarebird.
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Old 11-14-2018, 10:20 PM
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Originally Posted by byersmtrco View Post
Most of the late model veh's that (come with)
rear disc have a small drum cast into the back side
of the rear rotor. They use an expanding rear band.

I agree though with the rear drum statement.
The trick is having the correct proportioning valve
to be SURE the front & rear are getting the correct amnt
of hyd pressure

There are TRICK 4 whl disc set ups out there ($$$!!!)
Most all of those will req a 15" or larger wheel.
The Lincoln ' versailles ' ( '77 to '80 ) had disc brakes front and rear . ( We had a '80 versailles and wish I still had it ) . Can't remember the wheel size .
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Old 11-14-2018, 10:30 PM
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Default Q: How to add Parking brake to disc brake conversion?

According to Automotive Mile Posts, the 1980 Lincoln Versailles had 14" rims on it...

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Old 11-15-2018, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by OUR5T8BIRD View Post
The Lincoln ' versailles ' ( '77 to '80 ) had disc brakes front and rear...
Yes, and the rear rotors were 10-3/4" diameter.
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x2 with Bryan.
Figure out what brake system you have on the rear - may be an e-brake type system and all you will need are the parts to make it function.
Probably want to find out anyway because you may need calipers or pads and will need to know what to ask for.

Example - Ford rear disc e-brake

Line Lock - would need to run power and do some plumbing. I'm guessing it's set up so that power releases the lock otherwise it would kill the battery?? - probably like the electric trailer break-away systems. Not sure I'd like it - would take some time for me to "trust" it on the car. Have it on a trailer but that's just dragging behind me - I could still steer if it malfunctioned. Guess you could install on just the rear system to fix that problem. Humm - talking myself into this option -but like Dave mentions - pressure on the system all the time. Probably have to use ceramic pads to keep them from sticking to the rotors for times the car sits (winters, rainy days etc). Seems pretty good though if you don't have some type of e-brake on the current set-up.

Drive shaft type - modify drive shaft - add caliper bracket - ehh - might be my second choice.

Of course there is the economical way.........

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Old 11-17-2018, 11:04 AM
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Eric love the " economical " version simple and effective
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