Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Wheels for disc brakes

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Wheels for disc brakes

    Hi Guys,
    I am doing a disc brake conversion on my 60 bird with scarebird brackets, s-10 calipers and mustang rotors. I got wheels for a 1992 ranger that are 14" X 6" and they do not fit. They rub on the calipers. I thought about grinding some off of the calipers but decided against it.
    So my question is what wheels actually work? I got the list from the technical library. Those of you that did this conversion with the scarebird brakets and used 14" wheels, what did you use?
    Thanks,
    Bill

  • #2
    Bill,

    That's strange. I've used the Ranger wheels with discs before. I don't remember if they were the S10 calipers though. I remember someone else having to grind some metal off of those calipers. It wasn't a big deal. There's plenty of metal on those calipers.

    John
    John Pizzi - Squarebirds Administrator

    Thunderbird Registry #36223
    jopizz@verizon.net 856-779-9695

    http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

    Comment


    • #3
      I agree with John. Either grind a bit off those castings or try a 1/2" spacer between your wheel and the hub. Tire stores that sell custom wheels should have them. I used them for over a decade on my Mustang. If they aren't for you, I'm sure they will take them back. So, call around.

      It's awfully odd that your Ranger wheels don't fit because they were made for disk brakes. - Dave
      My latest project:
      CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

      "We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
      --Lee Iacocca

      Comment


      • #4
        See Daleo56 thread on disc brakes for his "Snowbird". That's the one John is referring to. He posted a close up pic of the altered calipers. You might want to PM him to see how much he took off, if you want to go that route. He's a great mechanic and seems always willing to help.
        SquareBird in BirdCity

        Comment


        • #5
          14" rims

          I found 14" rims for my 1960 Thunderbird at a used rim supplier in Spokane, WA. This supplier must have had 2,000 rims in his yard. He supplied snow rims for WA, and ID.

          I think the difference is in the off set. It's not much but just enough to clear the calipers. The disc brakes make all the difference in the world to stop the 1960 Thunderbird.

          Is there some way to tell what car the rims came off of by the rim? When things warm up I can get some pictures of the back side of the spare tire, and try to post them with help from Dave Dare. There might be pictures on the TRL. of the off set.
          I think the rims I found came off of a Mustang that came with disc brakes.

          Time for Notre Dame football.
          Larry
          _______________________
          1960 HT
          Thunderbird Redistry #39303

          Comment


          • #6
            Hi Bill

            Looks like you are going the same route I did when I did the disc brake conversion. Good selection!!!

            I have re-posted below the thread that I submitted after my conversion.
            I know it won't help you much as to a wheel selection for your car but I had a similar case of the wheel rubbing the caliper. As you will see from my post, it required only a VERY small grind off the caliper to allow the wheels to fit perfectly.
            As I said in the post, I only know that the wheels I got were marked as 14" Ford but did the job perfectly after the grind.

            Good luck Bill
            Lex
            Tasmania


            Hi Guys
            Finally have the disc brake conversion completed & the bottom line is....it is just amazing the difference a decent brake system makes. I actually feel safe knowing I now have such improved stopping power.

            Just to summarize the components I used:

            ABS 8" booster & dual m/c (disc/drum) ABS Stock No 9787, Item No 270556931229.
            This booster/m/c is designed for the '59 TBird with a/con. It comes complete with the bracket & is set to the correct angle so it clears the a/c unit etc. It also has the extended pedal rod so basically is a straight "bolt on" item.

            Scarebird brackets Part No GXY.

            Scarebird also supplied GM-S10 loaded calipers & brake hoses to suit

            Rock Auto supplied '68 Mustang rotors. Part No 397 6006R.

            By using the Scarebird brackets & Mustang rotors, I retained the OEM spindles & bearings.

            As I said in an earlier thread, I was lucky & found suitable 14" disc brake ready rims at a local tyre fitting shop but I have no idea what vehicle they were off. They were just marked as Ford 14". The rims just touched the top of the caliper but a VERY small grind to the caliper fixed the problem. Rims fit perfect & I was able to have my existing tyres fitted to the new rims. Nice cost saver there!!

            Had two pipes made for the new M/C & fitted a mechanical brake light switch to the pedal.

            I can't take credit for any of this work. It was all done by my mechanic mate. He usually does Mustangs & has done many disc brake conversions on them but this was his first go with a Thunderbird.
            An excellent job too!!!!

            My thanks to all the members who have helped me with this conversion & given me priceless information that pointed me in the right direction.
            I know there are many threads on this site re disc brake conversion & so many options & I hope that the info I have supplied here might be of assistance to other members.
            Thanks again guys

            Lex

            Comment


            • #7
              Lex,

              Thanks for reposting that. I know I had read about someone having to grind a bit off of the caliper. I was hoping I wasn't hallucinating again. Hopefully that's all Bill needs too fix his issue.

              John
              John Pizzi - Squarebirds Administrator

              Thunderbird Registry #36223
              jopizz@verizon.net 856-779-9695

              http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

              Comment


              • #8
                John

                Isn't it great when you realize that you aren't hallucinating after all.
                I know that hallucinating feeling very well.
                Last week, couldn't find my reading glasses anywhere.
                Turned the house inside out.
                Happened to glance in a mirror as I walked past.....there they were sitting on the top of my head.
                Think it's got something to do with getting older!!!!!

                Cheers
                Lex

                Comment


                • #9
                  Hi Lex, regarding disk brakes. Is your T.BIRD Historic Registered & Left Hand Drive.? The Law must be different in Tassy, 'cause we can't convert to Disc brakes here in S.A. That's one thing that a lot of us want to do but we can't. Fill me in about the Rules & Regulations there.

                  Thank You

                  Chris.....From OZ.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Hi Chris

                    My '59 TBird is LHD & has a full road license.

                    I had the disc brake conversion done when I was living in Western Australia in 2012. There was no problem in W.A. doing the conversion.
                    I had to supply an engineers report which wasn't a problem as the conversion was done by a registered restoration company.
                    I had a full road license in W.A. also.

                    In W.A. a concessional license is issued for a 12 month period after inspection but you are required to have further inspections done every 12 months after that.
                    I prefer a full road license then I can drive when I like & not have to keep log books every time the car is used.

                    I then had the vehicle shipped to Tassie in 2013 when I moved from W.A.
                    I had to undergo a vehicle inspection here but no problems except for a minor gearbox oil leak which I repaired.

                    I would have thought South Australia would accept an engineers report??????????????
                    I have heard before when I had my '23 TBucket that some of the inspection guys were a bit pedantic when it came to modifications. I think some of them like to show they have a bit of authority by giving rodders a hard time.

                    I always got on well with the licensing staff in W.A. & never had a problem even though there were strict rules.

                    Cheers Chris
                    Lex

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      wheels for disc brakes

                      Thanks for the replies. It appears that the wheels I am trying to use have a 1 5/8" offset towards the inside. I tried putting washers on the lug bolts to move the wheel out 1/2". No go. So the offset is the problem. I will return them tomorrow and look for some with less offset. Is there any way to determine off set other that physically measuring the wheels? Maybe part number?
                      Thanks,
                      Bill

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        There are two very important factors in finding correct wheels, Back Spacing and the Inboard Safety Hump area. Let's refer to the picture below:


                        Your original 14" wheels have less than the minimum 3-1/2" Back Spacing but there is NO Inboard Safety Hump to accommodate a caliper11" because drums simply didn't need the hump.. This hump appeared with Granada/Versailles/Mustang disk brakes.

                        For new 14" wheels that work with S10 (Chevy) or S14 (GMC) calipers, go to summitracing.com and search for 'Wheels'.

                        On the left, click on:
                        Part Type / Wheels
                        Wheel Diameter / 14 in.
                        Wheel Bolt Pattern / 5 x 4 1/2 in.
                        Backspacing (in) / 3.5 in.
                        Wheel Width (in) / 6.0 in.

                        Then adjust the search to show Price, low to high. These prices include shipping to your house. If you have any technical questions, call their Tech Support Team.

                        Leonard Wheeler recently purchased new wheels from Summit for his Scarebird front disk brake retrofit. He said his new calipers hit the wheels but he ground off very little from the caliper casting to make them fit perfectly. He's running with 205-75R14 tires. - Dave
                        My latest project:
                        CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

                        "We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
                        --Lee Iacocca

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Wheels for disc brakes

                          This specific information has been posted in the TRL under the Disc Brake Conversion section. Thank you very much for posting this, Dave! It should certainly answer a lot of questions regarding the set up of these 14" disc brake ready rims vs the OEM ones.

                          Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
                          '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
                          "It's Hip To Be Square"
                          Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

                          Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

                          http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Will standard 14 inch spoked wheels work with disc brqke conversion kit?

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Wheels for disc brakes

                              Hi Lloyd, to my knowledge OEM 14" spoked rims will NOT work for the disc brake conversion. I think they have the same problem as the standard OEM rims. The lack of an inboard safety hump that is required for disc brakes and a minimum 3-1/2" Back Spacing. You will need to find 14" rims off of Granada/Versailles/Mustang or other Ford 14" disc brake equipped cars. Look for Fords in the 70's that have disc brake equipped 14" rims on them, and pull them from them. As it is 11" calipers just fit inside the rim with just a fraction of an inch to spare. I found five of them at a junk yard on a 70's Granada, and the spare. The reason why I got five is because if you have a flat on a front tire, you need a disc brake ready rim as a spare to replace the blown front tire. And when you rotate your tires, you will need all five of them to be disc brake ready, for proper tire rotation. Or do what Dave suggested in his post below and order them from Summit Racing. The other thing you could do, is IF your tires need to be replaced, go to 15" rims and tires.

                              Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
                              '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
                              "It's Hip To Be Square"
                              Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

                              Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

                              http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X