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Brainstorm 13" Front Brakes... 70's Ford

I've referenced here.

http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/disk-brake-conversion-64-galaxie-34753.html??highlight=galaxie

Many of the Galaxie boys are using the spindles from the midsized Fords (73-79) Torino/Elite/Cougar, etc.. to get 11" Front discs on their cars. (referred to here on after as the Torino Spindle). Two issues.
1. I have a 78 Cougar with these discs.
2. I want bigger than the 11. Like, say, 13"

We had been discussin this off and on on this forum (at least I remember my posts, lol). About making up brackets, and then machining down hubs to clear a rotor. Then I saw these!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/65-73-Mustang-13-COBRA-DISC-BRAKE-CALIPER-BRACKETS_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ34199QQitemZ45 92044516QQrdZ1

Now.. Here comes my onslaught of questions.
1. It stands to reason, that if the Torino spindle fits on the Galaxies, by removing 1/8" of material from the top edge of the tie rod opening on the spindle... couldn't I bolt on drum brake spindles to my car, and simply use a 1/8" washer?

2. Once there... Are Ford front drums pretty much 'universal' from the 60s/early 70s? I'm a youngin', the oldest I've owned was 72, and even that was disc brakes.

My thinking is, use galaxy spindles/hubs/bearings... with those brackets... and continue on there.

Comments? Am I crazy?

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Now.. Here comes my onslaught of questions.

1. It stands to reason, that if the Torino spindle fits on the Galaxies, by removing 1/8" of material from the top edge of the tie rod opening on the spindle... couldn't I bolt on drum brake spindles to my car, and simply use a 1/8" washer?

2. Once there... Are Ford front drums pretty much 'universal' from the 60s/early 70s? I'm a youngin', the oldest I've owned was 72, and even that was disc brakes.

My thinking is, use galaxy spindles/hubs/bearings... with those brackets... and continue on there.

Comments? Am I crazy?
The last year of front drum on the intermediate was 1971, which had different spindles than the 72/.

I see what you are saying though. Use the hub from a drum brake system.

They both use the same inner and outer bearings, so you would just have to verify bearing spacing on the spindle and proper hub offset to mount the later disc. Most likely it will still come down to fabricating a hub and/or caliper mount.

You're always thinking aren't you?

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DISC BRAKE CALIPER BRACKETS

65-73 Ford Mustang 13" COBRA DISC BRAKE CONVERSION BRACKETS

Fits Original V8 Drum Brake Spindles and Hubs!!!

This is for those running larger wheels on their Mustang.

Don't spend alot of money to upgrade your drums to the 11" diameter factory stock discs when you can install these for about the same money and have HUGE STOPPING POWER !!!

The difference in stopping power and fade resistance between these brakes and original Mustang 11" factory disc brakes is phenomenal !!!

This auction is for a one pair of right and left caliper brackets to retrofit 13" Cobra rotors and 94-04 calipers to a 65-70 Mustang drum brake spindle.

BRACKETS ONLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you need new grade 8 bolts, add $20 at end of auction for 8 bracket mount bolts and 4 caliper bolts. Bracket bolts have correct "grip length", not just off the shelf hardware store bolts.

You must supply hoses, calipers, rotors, drum brake 5 lug hubs and correct drum brake spindles, master cylinder for disc brakes and a proportioning valve.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/65-73...QQcmdZViewItem
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I figured it ended in 71, I wasn't sure.

Does it make logical sense that the Galaxie drum spindle would fit? This would eliminate 90% of the work necessary to get the larger brakes on (machine down a rotor to make a hub, AND the face, AND using longer wheel studs, doesn't seem much fun).
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