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Old 01-10-2019, 11:28 AM
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Ford 9 inch drum brakes

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I'm putting a ford 9 inch in my 68 Firebird. I bought a big bearing housing, but its just a housing. I need brakes for it and I'm good with drum brakes. My qustion is what drum brakes will fit? I need backing plates too. I don,t know what the rear end came out of. I would like to just get stock stuff from an auto parts store. Thanks in advance for the help.

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Check out PEM 11" Drum Brake Kit for 9" Ford Old Style Big Ford Ends .500" https://ebay.us/SsVHy6
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Yeah I saw those on there, but was thinking i could do it for cheaper. I'm on a buget and just dont have the $300 to drop on it.
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9" ford rear end

I have the same rear and the brake housing is a Bendix. Not sure if that helps.
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the backing plates are the only hard part to get. I threw all the drum backing plates away when I took a F9 apart. The weld-on disc brakes are so cheap and easy. THe bolt on not much more.
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Does anyone have any info on the F9 big drum brakes I think there 11 inches? or something like that. Trying to find out what cars they came on so I can try and order some.
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Does anyone have any info on the F9 big drum brakes I think there 11 inches? or something like that. Trying to find out what cars they came on so I can try and order some.
Just about any 1970's 1/2 ton truck with a V8 in it, early to mid 1970's Lincoln Mark IV or Town Car, Mercury Marquee, LTD/T-bird, Station Wagons will all have the 11" brake package. and new style big bearing ends.

I guess we should ask if you have original style big bearing ends, or new style big bearing ends??....change was around 1970-71 IIRC, but you'll have to look it up. Moser has a chart to help you out....both take the same bearing but the bearing retainer and brake backing plate bolt pattern is different.
You also need to know what diameter backing plate studs your housing takes.

You will have a hard time beating that complete $300 package just trying to piece it together yourself unless you use some used parts. Be aware of bolt pattern when it comes to buying drums.
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When I took the Versaille discs off my 9" rear, I Went with a '61 Galaxie set of brakes. After buying drums, shoes, cylinders, park brake rebuild kit , and spring kit the 300 bucks was looking pretty good.

I think I ended up with 230-240 bucks in them.....Not to mention the time sand blasting, painting, etc, etc.

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1986 was the last production year of the 9" so if you are thinking "cheaper" 80's cars are getting scarcer in the Pick N Pulls so good luck.
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