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 Post subject: Brake suggestions
PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:47 pm 
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I’ve looked around on here for the set ups you guys have for brakes. Has anyone installed the Wilwood discs in the front and run drums in the back or even gone disc’s all around? I’m currently running the stock drums but since I’m having to pull all the hardlines (due to a broken line on the passenger front) I may as well look at upgrading everything. Looking for any suggestions.

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 Post subject: Re: Brake suggestions
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:17 pm 
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54's have the same front end as the 55-57 Birds. The Bird parts houses sell kits. Another source is Engineered Components Inc (ECI) in Connecticut. They have kits for the 54. There are other suppliers, do a google search.

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 Post subject: Re: Brake suggestions
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:36 pm 
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Thank you for your response. I guess what I was more interested in was anyone who’s used the wilwood kit. ECI looks like it it’s cheaper for a full kit and I know some have used Granada kits on their cars. More so, for those who have used other kits what are the ups and downs of the set ups you currently have?

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 Post subject: Re: Brake suggestions
PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:11 am 
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Navyford wrote:
Thank you for your response. I guess what I was more interested in was anyone who’s used the wilwood kit. ECI looks like it it’s cheaper for a full kit and I know some have used Granada kits on their cars. More so, for those who have used other kits what are the ups and downs of the set ups you currently have?
Check out post #5 here: https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/thr ... t-13206003 I founded and moderate the H.A.M.B. 1952-59 Ford Group if you join up you can get the full details on this install from this member. Is the extra expense of the Wildwood needed in a 3,000 pound car that is primarily a cruiser ? That's up to you. The power brake boosters available use a special bracket if you are retaining the Y-block,the bracket is not needed with a 302/351 conversion.

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 Post subject: Re: Brake suggestions
PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:01 pm 
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My theory in buying parts for changes is to try to get a kit that uses regular US auto parts, so if I have to replace something I can get it at a local parts store. I know Wildwood makes very nice stuff, but if I need a caliper or a rotor I can get it locally. Especially important if I am far away from home.

One of the problem with auto parts today is that almost all of them are now made in China (regardless of brand) and quality control seems non-existant. This has to be weighed with the Wildwood parts which may be made in the USA

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 Post subject: Re: Brake suggestions
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:52 pm 
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Thank you for the responses. I do plan on the disc conversion in the front and a power option. I’ve also seen MP sells a full kit both manual and power system. Now while $1,500 seems like quite a lot, it does come with everything and seems like it’s all a direct bolt in which should make the install painless. I’m still looking around for combinations and weighing my options.

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 Post subject: Re: Brake suggestions
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:56 pm 
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Back a number of years I did my conversion using Granada parts. Hard to find this stuff now. I went for the non-power set up and haven't regretted it. Last month took a 900 mile trip with the car and outside of a mysterious fluid loss the brakes worked fine.

Prior to that, I was tooling down a local highway when all of a sudden the traffic stopped. Car stopped fine without the power setup.

If you have a wife or SO who is driving, power brakes would be the way to go.

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 Post subject: Re: Brake suggestions
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:31 am 
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that Is something I’m taking into consideration as well with having my Girlfriend driving the car. I DO have most of the parts just to replace the current drums. It might be cost effective now just to get it to stop on its own. There is some patchwork that I would like to attend to before I move to the Midwest here in the spring.

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 Post subject: Re: Brake suggestions
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:33 pm 
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Maybe a new guy question, but when pulling the front, it looked like the hub is pressed into the drum? So whether replacing or resurfacing I have to get the hub pressed?

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