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Old 03-19-2004, 09:46 AM
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1967 Mustang front brakes

Good morning All~

I have a '67 Mustang with stock drum brakes in the front (and rear). After adding the 429 it has become painfully evident that that I will need, at a minimum, front disc brakes to get this thing stopped effectively. I once had a fellow tell me that the Fairmont hardware is a simple swap and would require no major mods for the conversion.

I'm wondering, do you folks agree with that? Also, is there any other make/models that I can look for while scrounging through the junkyard that will be a simple bolt on conversion? I'm trying to avoid the $800 - $1200 conversion kits that are being sold in the trade rags.

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Gary

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Old 03-19-2004, 10:10 AM
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Although I have not done it I understand the the fairmont and its mercury cousin are very nearly bolt in conversions. My 68 cougar has factory disc.
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Old 03-19-2004, 10:26 AM
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Thanks EBlack. Do you know what the Mercury cousin to the Fairmont is? I wonder if those '68 Merc disc brakes would bolt in too?

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Old 03-19-2004, 10:43 AM
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I am not sure what the Mercury version of the fairmont is. The 68 cougar units would be a direct bolt in since the mustang and cougar are the same car under the skin.
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Question

Uh...

I think your buddy meant the GRANADA/MONARCH-MAVERICK/COMET disc brake swap. The FAIRMONT has a steering knuckel (struts) and just rotors, not rotor and hub.

You will need the spindles off of the GRANADA or MAVERICK. Any MUSTANG up to 1973 will also work. The stock disc setup on the '67 was Kelsey-Hayes (4 piston caliper) and all you need there is the mounting bracket (uses same spindle), rotor and caliper asm.
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There is some good information here: http://www.themustangshop.com/drumtodisc.cfm and more here:http://www.mustangsandmore.com/ubb/D...onversion.html
Some other good information you can find here:http://www.hotrodheaven.com/tech/bra...kes2_index.htm

Having looked at those sites, for the Granada swap you may discover that costs here can also run up, and it can take quite a bit of running around to get all the parts.
The largest Wilwood distributor in the USA is here in my home town, and I bought my set of front discs from them. Including the steel braided lines, a Maverick dual M/C for the drum/dics swap, saety wire and fluid ran me about $600.00. The most noticeable gain was in the weight "loss". I pulled 60 pounds out of the car.
For me that was important. Better ET's. Also it was the smoothest install I have ever done.

Anyway, I speak to Dean (the owner of the company) almost weekly, so if you want a qoute, let me know.

Ron
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Is it true that Wilwoods are a nice, light, race caliper, but have no dust seal around their caliper pistons, and have to be disassembled and cleaned frequently because of this? Or that they may need a spacer (which they also sell) in between the pads and pistons to compensate for pad wear so that the seal, which is around the piston, doesnt reach to the unprotected, dirty, pitted part of the bore? Let me know if this information is incorrect.
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I have heard that the Grenada brakes will make the wheel sit about an inch further back in the wheelwell on an early mustang, but are an easy swap, and work fine. If you want a cheap swap, try to find a parts car. Buy new hoses and use the calipers as cores. You will also need a disc/drum master cylinder and a prop valve. You should be able to get by for less than $500, even if you have to buy new rotors and wheel bearings. Try to snake the master and it's lines off the parts car too.
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