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Old 11-30-2015, 04:04 PM
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I see John Draxler has a kit for '58 to '64 for just under $600. It looks like the drum comes off and the disk goes on. I looks like the only "special" part is a plate that somehow attaches to the existing spindle.

Are there other kits out there? I haven't been able to find one.
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:04 PM
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You could try these 2 links
http://abspowerbrake.com/maincatalog_frameset014.html

http://www.autocityclassic.com/fullsize-ford/
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Stubby, Autocity has NO kit for a Squarebird. If the booster is the one in the picture, it won't work at all because there is no firewall bracket and it's not a two-stage 8" booster. - Dave
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Old 12-07-2015, 07:57 PM
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Steve runs a 64 Flairbird Dave. And this kit or a kit they sell definately fits a 63.
This is one for full size Fords that comes with the following.
You will receive with this kit:
1 POWER BRAKE BOOSTER WITH FIREWALL BRACKETS AND CLEVIS ROD
1 DUAL BOWL MASTER CYLINDER
2 CALIPERS WITH PADS AND MOUNTING BRACKETS
2 RUBBER BRAKE HOSES
1 PROPORTIONING VALVE WITH BRACKETS AND LINES
2 ROTORS drilled and slotted with an anodized finish
ALL BEARINGS, SEALS, AND HARDWARE
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Old 12-08-2015, 01:11 AM
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Yes Stubbie, those are all the essentials but...
  1. What size booster is it?
  2. What's the bore (piston size) of the M/C?
  3. What type of brake calipers and pads?
  4. What diameter rotors? I like the cross-drilled (or slotted) rotors but I do not like the anodize coating.
  5. What size bearings and seals?

Furthermore, I want to know if these parts are 'special' or can I buy them over the counter when I'm broke down 200 miles from home. If the parts are commonly used production, then that broadens my choices and it usually brings the prices down because of supply and demand.

Special parts would be for example, rotors that have their snouts machined to accept common wheels. To replace them would be a headache.

The 1964 Thunderbird came with drum brakes but the 1965 Thunderbird came with disk brakes. I would investigate using the '65 parts because they are so common that different pad hardness is available.

He might have a good deal but I don't like buying blindly. I've been burned too many times. I get real cautious when a vendor doesn't show his prices or doesn't show particulars about his products. There's usually a good reason for these sales tactics. - Dave
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Have seen these kits online as well,

https://www.thunderbirdbrakeparts.co...l.asp?prod=609

https://www.thunderbirdbrakeparts.co...l.asp?prod=697

I am certain you swapped to a dual mc already. I have been pondering this and keeping eye out for a 65 66 parts car.
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The 1964 Thunderbird came with drum brakes but the 1965 Thunderbird came with disk brakes. I would investigate using the '65 parts because they are so common that different pad hardness is available.
I thought so but thanks for the confirmation. I "have" two parts cars at my local yard that may be 65-66. What will I need to pull from them?
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If you have the whole car, take everything you need including the spindle. Then you won't need that expensive fabricated bracket and any replacement parts will be FORD. - Dave
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Both of "my" parts cars are 64's, so that ends that possibility.
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Hi Steve
I spoke to a guy the other day who said he was wrecking a 66. I think he was in Washington. He was only going to keep the engine and trash the rest. I actually told him to keep as many parts as possible especially the disk brake parts from this car as people are looking to buy them to upgrade earlier models. If your interested I can PM him and see if he is interested in selling and then you could deal direct with him.
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