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65coupei6
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posted 09-25-2001 09:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65coupei6   Click Here to Email 65coupei6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This goes to anyone who used the Stainless Steel Brakes Front Disc Covnersion.

1. Do they include a porportioning valve?
2. When you need new brake pads what do you ask for at a parts store? I can not say its for a 65 6 cyl. because they didn't have disc brakes.

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Dr. Who
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posted 09-26-2001 01:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dr. Who   Click Here to Email Dr. Who     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes they include a proportioning valve with the front kit and also with the rear kit so when you do both you have a spare . I think it says what pads to use in the instructions but it would be very easy to figure out with the help of a parts person.

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mellowyellow
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posted 09-26-2001 07:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had two cars with them. The proportioning valve is adjustable, which is good. I have an extra set of pads which I bought directly from SS brakes.

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65coupei6
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posted 09-26-2001 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65coupei6   Click Here to Email 65coupei6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the replies. I also found out that the 6 cyl kit uses pads from a 84-89 Chevy Caviler. Now my car will be .09% Chevy. What a horrible thought!

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67coupe
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posted 09-26-2001 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 67coupe   Click Here to Email 67coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hey man use granada at least its all ford and with mygranada front /versales rear the 67 stops better than the 93 i had so they do work rather well .oh and i used a master cylnder for a 76 f350 truck large piston = more stop power

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87 bronco II on 33's
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in process 67 convt with efi 5.0 and t5

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JAAZZY
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posted 09-26-2001 10:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JAAZZY     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you haven't already purchased the kit consider some of the other options. I have the SSB rear disc kit in my 65 but I have heard some here say that the kit from Wilwood is nice and less expensive. I think there are a few others also.

[This message has been edited by JAAZZY (edited 09-27-2001).]

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mellowyellow
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posted 09-26-2001 11:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The granadas wont work on a 65-67, when style steel wheels are used. The SSB set up is the same as the 65-67 except for prop valve.

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65coupei6
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posted 09-27-2001 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65coupei6   Click Here to Email 65coupei6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You guys have to remember I have a 6 cyl. That means 4-lug. I completed my front and rear suspension awhile ago. If I were to go to another kit or the Granada swap I would have to redo my front suspension for 5-lug, buy new rims and new tires. That will go over the $700 that the SSB kit is costing me. Just 4 new tires is about $300, new rims $400. Thats already $700.

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amartin725
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posted 09-28-2001 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for amartin725     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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T.....I also found out that the 6 cyl kit uses pads from a 84-89 Chevy Caviler. Now my car will be .09% Chevy. What a horrible thought!

Cavalier, Grand Am, Pontaic 6000, etc. Calipers are $15 each, pads $30 set. Can't really beat that, can you?

I've been doing research into brakes. To be brutally honest, GM calipers are rated much better than Ford calipers. And, even the large GM calipers from the '77 Camaro (used on many race cars, MII, and hot rod conversions) only cost $15 each as well. Because the GM calipers are used everywhere, there are a lot more choices for brake pad compounds. So what if it's a little Chebby, it still American!

I've designed my own front disk brake kit for the 4-lugger. Infiniti rotors have the same pattern as the 4-lug. I pressed the hub out of the drum and slipped the rotor right on. I used the same caliper as the SSB kit and designed a bracket. I'm going to use the 'metric/small GM' caliper though instead (80's Grand Prix and Camaros, S10s, El Caminos). There are more pad choices for them.

Now, in my calculations for a bracket, and taking into effect shearing forces and such, I found that to machine a bracket out of steel plate, it would have to be 3/4" thick. Instead, I'm using 1/2" and I'm going to oil-harden it, and hope it will hold up to the abuse. The way to make the strongest bracket is to have it forged. Who can afford to make the mold for just one set of brackets? I'd have to sell 5000 sets to make it worth my while. However, I'm real curios as to what the SSB brackets are made from. I know they are a big company and know what they are doing, by their brackets look like 1/4" steel plate. That doesn't seem strong enough for me. Maybe they see it as strictly a 6 cyl application, yet I don't see any disclaimers saying they should not be used in V8 applications.

Who knows?

Al

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