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jermustang68
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posted 11-16-2002 04:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jermustang68   Click Here to Email jermustang68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey, I need you alls help. My early 68 coupe has all wheel drum brakes,I want to convert it to front disc brakes.I'm from South Texas, and I've heard that Granada parts will work. The problem is that I don't seem to find any.Could you all tell me what other ford cars(years & models)I can look for. Also a list of parts that I would need to get from these cars. Thanks for your help!!!!!!!

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Dave Gibson
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posted 11-16-2002 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Gibson   Click Here to Email Dave Gibson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check the archives for articles on disc brake conversions. You can also run a search on the site for disc brake conversions. We have had several great threads on this topic.

Dave & Terri

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mustangs68
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posted 11-16-2002 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
interesting question..now I have one..

With the limited numbers of donor cars now would it not be just as viable to order the same parts we can remove used off Granada from NAPA-Auto Zone or another outlet?
sam

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amartin725
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From: Attleboro, MA
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posted 11-16-2002 02:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for amartin725     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You still need the Granada spindles and caliper mounting brackets. You can't buy those at NAPA, only a boneyard

Al

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mustangs68
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posted 11-16-2002 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
mmmmmmmmmmmm...but there nust be another source,get creative
sam

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MidLifCrisis
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posted 11-16-2002 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mustangs68:
interesting question..now I have one..

With the limited numbers of donor cars now would it not be just as viable to order the same parts we can remove used off Granada from NAPA-Auto Zone or another outlet?
sam


Excellent point! I just finished a swap using a '70 Cougar donor. I had a buddy, who works for Ford, search for the brake hardware and components necessary to perform the swap. Ford has dicontinued almost everything except a few rotor bearings and maybe the tie-rod ends.
NAPA had everything. They had rebuilt calipers and brake hardware kits at prices well below what the dealer would normally charge.

Also, shop the various Mustang parts suppliers for their front disc brake kits. It will save you huge amounts of time waiting for odd parts to come in, and the cost will not be signifigantly more than if you use a boneyard donor. I was lucky to get a donor vehicle with rotors that only needed turning. With the rebuilt calipers, new hoses, bearings, and nuts & bolts- I spent approx $550, which doesn't include the steel brake lines that needed replacing or tie rods. The new kits are lighter as well, for less usprung weight. Another savings.
If I ever find myself doing this again, I definately am taking the easy way out and using a kit. Good luck, Charlie

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soaring
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posted 11-16-2002 09:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for soaring   Click Here to Email soaring     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can buy a new kit (parts) from many Vintage Mustang parts places. The cost is over 800 bucks though. But, it will save you a lot of trouble trying to make used parts fit. Also, you will need to upgrade the master cylinder as well.

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Fastback68
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posted 11-16-2002 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's a factory here building Shelby Cobra replicas where they take the entire front end (power steering and brakes) off Toyota vans.

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mustangs68
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posted 11-17-2002 07:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have an "inside person" at NAPA..

I think I'll Challenage them to find all the parts on the Disc Swap,yes spindles too since they have out sources also,just to see what I come up with..and keeping the price below the "Disc Kits"

sam

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68DARKHORSE
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posted 11-18-2002 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68DARKHORSE   Click Here to Email 68DARKHORSE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought a wrecked '70 Mach 1 just to get the disc brakes and tie rods, then sold the car with my 68 drums on it.

I could have sold the car for more than I paid for it. But, I was trying to help someone get a project started.

[This message has been edited by 68DARKHORSE (edited 11-18-2002).]

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pony boy
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posted 11-19-2002 01:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pony boy   Click Here to Email pony boy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi I have a take off set,from a Versailles,spindles and all.I would definately go through it and get the calipers rebuilt.Shipping would probably be expensive.I am keeping for a possible future project.I'll consider a reasonable offer.I don't know what they are going for?

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mustangs68
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posted 11-19-2002 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From NAPA you can get everything but spindles..we'er looking for an out source for those

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RADRIDE
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posted 11-19-2002 07:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RADRIDE   Click Here to Email RADRIDE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Be careful of those Versailles spindles the lower ball joint is not the same as a Mustang or a Granada.It can be done just not as easy.

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