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horseballz
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From: LasVegas,NV
Registered: Dec 99

posted 03-19-2003 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for horseballz        Reply w/Quote
What to do,
I'm getting a complete original style front disc brake setup including calipers, spindles, etc. from a '69 Mustang originally power assisted to put on my '68 Coupe. I would like to go with non power set up to avoid pedal changing issues (I hate under dash work). What is the best master cylinder to use for this that won't require me to break my seat back to stop? Application that the master cylinder is from or a part number would be great. Car currently has manual drum brakes and I'm basicallly looking for a bolt in piece. Also what should I do for a proportioning valve?
Thanks for any and all comments/advice,
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gene (horseballz)

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Rory McNeil
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From: Surrey, B.C. Canada
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 03-19-2003 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil        Reply w/Quote
I`m not sure if everything is identical, but I would try a master cylinder for a 78-82 Fairmont or 79-early 80`s FOX Mustang with manual disc brakes. To the best of my knowledge, all the 67-73 Mustangs with factory disc brakes used a power booster.

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Tea'sGrabber
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From: Seattle, Wash.
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posted 03-19-2003 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tea'sGrabber        Reply w/Quote
I did the disc swap on my Maverick. I didn't change master cylinders or proportioning valve and they work great! I left the manual drum brake mastercylinder and valve in place.

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afret
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From: Lancaster, CA
Registered: Feb 2003

posted 03-19-2003 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for afret        Reply w/Quote
Check out www.mpbrakes.com They give a lot of good info on conversions to manual disc brakes.
I have a 69 Mustang with power front disc brakes. I had a pretty healthy cam in the past with low vacuum so changed to just manual brakes. I removed the vacuum booster and bolted on a drum/drum manual master cylinder. I also switched to a manual brake pedal. There is more leverage with these pedals than the power ones. It worked fine. At the time (about 15 years ago) I did not have any info on what master cylinder to use to convert to manual discs so I just used the drum brake unit. I think you need to use the master cylinder with the larger resevoir for the disc brakes (front). Disc brakes require more volulme than drum brakes. MP Brakes has the correct part for this. I went to a milder cam so I put the power unit back on. I may go to the correct master cylinder for non power applications if I decide to go back to a wilder cam. Get the manual brake pedal though. It cuts down the pedal effort significantly. It is a pretty easy swap. Hope this helps.

Fastback68
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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
Registered: Jul 99

posted 03-19-2003 07:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68        Reply w/Quote
quote:
To the best of my knowledge, all the 67-73 Mustangs with factory disc brakes used a power booster.

I've got a sneaky feeling you're wrong.
Anyhow, I have non-power discs using a disc/drum MC from a 72 Stang. I got it without the rod connecting to the brake pedal. I think you'll find that if you take an MC from a power disc setup, the worst you'll have to do is change the rod 'cos the length might be wrong.

afret
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From: Lancaster, CA
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posted 03-19-2003 07:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for afret        Reply w/Quote
I could be mistaken but I think Rory is right. I never heard of any 67-73 Mustangs with manual front discs. I think you might find some that have been converted by previous owners. Just IMHO.

Fstln69
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From: Westmont,il
Registered: Jan 2003

posted 03-19-2003 08:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fstln69        Reply w/Quote
In our 69 fairlane i did the disc brake conversion using granda brakes and used a 84 ranger non power disc brake master cyl.
Dennis

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afret
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From: Lancaster, CA
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posted 03-19-2003 08:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for afret        Reply w/Quote
Hey Dennis, did the Ranger MC bolt right up to the Fairlane firewall and what pushrod did you use? Looking for options in case I go back to manual discs and get the booster out of there. Thanks.

V8 Thumper
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From: Phoenix, Arizona
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posted 03-19-2003 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper        Reply w/Quote
I used the same Ranger m/c in my '65... mounting flange is identical, piston depth is identical allowing you to use your old pushrod

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afret
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From: Lancaster, CA
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posted 03-19-2003 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for afret        Reply w/Quote
If I recall correctly the pushrod locks into the MC. How do you get it out of the old MC?

Fastback68
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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
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posted 03-19-2003 10:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68        Reply w/Quote
On the 68-73 MCs at least, you just pull it out. There's a clip type thingy that goes round a groove in the rod, but that doesn't present a problem.

Fstln69
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From: Westmont,il
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posted 03-20-2003 12:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fstln69        Reply w/Quote
It bolted right up and looks like the 69 unit also used the original rod,only thing i did do was install an adjustable prop valve but i am still playing with that
Dennis


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rm302 boss
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Posts: 680
From: Austin Texas
Registered: Dec 2002

posted 03-20-2003 12:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rm302 boss        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fastback68:
[QUOTE]To the best of my knowledge, all the 67-73 Mustangs with factory disc brakes used a power booster.


I've got a sneaky feeling you're wrong.
Anyhow, I have non-power discs using a disc/drum MC from a 72 Stang. I got it without the rod connecting to the brake pedal. I think you'll find that if you take an MC from a power disc setup, the worst you'll have to do is change the rod 'cos the length might be wrong.
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The only way a 69-70 Mustang came with disc brakes is power disc master and booster. I have found that the original brake system does not respond well to a manual master cylinder.The only way i found a good pedal is to use a Wilwood master cylinder with a 1 1/16 bore.. This gave the best pedal feel and less travel.. I went round and round with my brakes on the 70 doing just what you are now... In my opinion i would rather use a Maverick or Granada disc brake front end over the 69-70 it has lots of flaws and is very expensive to maintain. Parts are hard to come by and the set up is not very user friendly..
Rene

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Mpcoluv
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From: Charlotte NC usa
Registered: Apr 2001

posted 03-20-2003 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mpcoluv        Reply w/Quote
I used the Wilwood master for a while with a Granada front and Eldorado/Mk VII rear disk setup.
I never felt confidant that I would have adequate braking in a "suprise" situation.
It worked fine if you planned on stopping..
Finally broke down and installed a booster with versailles type master cylinder and now have wonderful brakes.
I did need a vacuum cannister however with my cam (10.5 to 11" vac at idle).

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