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Old 03-04-2012, 07:42 PM
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disk vs. drum that is the question

im going back and forward between keeping my drums or converting to disk. what do you think?

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does it stop ok?
do you have a bunch of extra cash you need to spend?
does it stop ok?

what, is the drum stuff worn out and you are trying decide the best way to spend the money?
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what, is the drum stuff worn out and you are trying decide the best way to spend the money?[/QUOTE]

Yes. and Yes.
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if its all worn out and you need spend some $$$ anyway
now would be a good time to switch over
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If it's your Falcon. Drums in front will stop it ok, but the brakes will fade down hills, so you have to shift down. If they are good or just need shoes, just spend $50 and put new shoes on. If you need drums, than it might be a good idea to upgrade. Drums are about $50 each for that, and for $150 your close to 1/2 the cost of a disc conversion on the front
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Switch to discs - lots of reasons, but the fact that they will stop you in a shorter distance, are less prone to brake fade, pads wear at a slower rate, removes weight from the total of the vehicle are the first that I would consider. Then, if you have some aluminum wheels - they sure do look good through the spoke areas. You will probably need a proportioning valve, possibly a residual valve (though with a firewall mounted master cylinder it's not always needed) and a smaller piston but dual master cylinder - good time for that upgrade from the fruit jar single if not already done.
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I'm going through the same debate...except I have a 62 Buick Electra. I know when the brakes are in good shape they stop the car quite well thanks to the finned aluminum drums, but now with a brake shuddering problem that I have yet to identify the cause of I am considering a swap to discs on the front.
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Switch to discs - lots of reasons, but the fact that they will stop you in a shorter distance, are less prone to brake fade, pads wear at a slower rate, removes weight from the total of the vehicle are the first that I would consider. Then, if you have some aluminum wheels - they sure do look good through the spoke areas. You will probably need a proportioning valve, possibly a residual valve (though with a firewall mounted master cylinder it's not always needed) and a smaller piston but dual master cylinder - good time for that upgrade from the fruit jar single if not already done.
'67 Falcon I belive is the car he is working on. They do have a dual M/C, and 1 for a disc Mustang bolts in.. '67 is the 1 that can be mistaken from the front as a Nova..Nice cars, but sort of the 1 everyone forgot about. Just about nothing is available for interior/ exterior

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I'm going through the same debate...except I have a 62 Buick Electra. I know when the brakes are in good shape they stop the car quite well thanks to the finned aluminum drums, but now with a brake shuddering problem that I have yet to identify the cause of I am considering a swap to discs on the front.
Your NLA finned drums are probably warped. Finding another set of those would probably exceed the cost of a disc conversion
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'67 Falcon I belive is the car he is working on. They do have a dual M/C, and 1 for a disc Mustang bolts in.. '67 is the 1 that can be mistaken from the front as a Nova..Nice cars, but sort of the 1 everyone forgot about. Just about nothing is available for interior/ exterior
Yep - '66 was the partial change over year. Some did and some didn't in 1966. My bad
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didn't know that '66 was a changeover year for the brakes. I knew the interior was a bit diffrent than '67-'69, and the grilles changed every year... Wish I still had my '67..


In any case. www.discbrakeswap.com has everything needed for the granada swap, the last car to use the Falcon suspension, which had decent disc brakes on the front
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didn't know that '66 was a changeover year for the brakes. I knew the interior was a bit diffrent than '67-'69, and the grilles changed every year... Wish I still had my '67..
To be honest, I had to refresh my memory as well as I thought '68 was the big change over year for Ford, but CRS being what it is ...
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Ford dropped the loadomatic distributor for '68. Gave it vac and mechanical advance after that.. Might have been a truck or base model car in the lineup before '68 to still have a single M/C..
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Your NLA finned drums are probably warped. Finding another set of those would probably exceed the cost of a disc conversion
That is what I am figuring, I just haven't had time to verify yet.
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