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Old 03-02-2004, 02:44 PM
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Front drum "juice" brakes on a 32 Ford

Hi Guys,
Well I'm actually wanting to do the opposite of what most rodders seem to do.
I have a perfectly good functioning set of 4 wheel disc brakes on my no fender 32 highboy street rod. It's all mostly Chassis Engineering stuff.
I want to convert the fronts to 40 Ford drums for the Nostalgic look. (Maybe update to finned Buick drums down the road). I will be running chrome reverse steel wheels also.
I have found a complete set of front drums that is all rebuilt and ready to bolt on to my CE spindles.
I understand I will not have as good braking up front, but with a car that only weighs 2500lbs I'm thinking it will be fine.
One concern is the new dual resevior master cylinder. I was told the pressure might be too high for the early Ford wheel cylinders.
The other is the fact that I will keep the discs in the rear since they are hidden. Rear discs and drum fronts seems pretty oddball.
Any thoughts or suggestions...

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Old 03-02-2004, 02:56 PM
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In a single word, DON'T. If you want the look of a drum on the front I think it is So Cal Rod Shop that has a new mounting bracket and a cover for the disk.
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Here is a good compromise for what you want but they are a little pricey (what isn't nowadays!)

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Yes, I have seen those.
Way out of my price range, and not the true built in the 60's look I want.
I'm not wanting a complete "rat rod", however.
Just wanting some peace of mind on a car that will be driven a few thousand miles a year.
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Well, if peace of mind is the goal, stick with the disks until you can afford the Buick conversion. Stock early ford drum brakes are as far from peace of mind as you can get!!!!!
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Well, if peace of mind is the goal, stick with the disks until you can afford the Buick conversion. Stock early ford drum brakes are as far from peace of mind as you can get!!!!!


This is good advice. The system can be plumbed to safely do what you want to do but the size of the front drums is going to be paramount. I would find the Buick drums and then study the plumbing hints on Master Power Brakes webpage. You are going to have to reverse plumb it and be very careful in the setting up of an adjustible proportioning valve.


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Thanks for your honesty guys.
Not what I wanted to hear though. So you are saying if I use the Ford stuff with the 58-60 Buick drums, this would be better.
Any links on a "how to" convert to Buick drums.
Thanks,
Jim
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This isn't going to be what you wanted to here either but I think it's down right WRONG to compromise safety for any "look" period!

IMHO anyway.

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I totally agree with Centerline on this as your front brakes do most of the braking on the car you want them as good as you can get.
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You guys are right.
I'll stick with the discs for now.
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