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    Anyone used the reproduction brake pad?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-Thunder...NYNiXm&vxp=mtr

    Or should I spring for the NOS?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-50s-60s-...RYNIwb&vxp=mtr
    59-430-HT

  • #2
    I suggest you PM or email Carl Heller (partsetal). He probably knows more about the quality of the reproduction squarebird parts than anyone.

    John
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    • #3
      These pedal covers are made by one company and sold through many vendors. Notice, your listing is coming from Lockport, NY. Lo and behold, isn't that Mac's Auto Parts and at exactly the same price?

      My pedal shows, "Swift Sure" but who ever looks at the brake pedal? - 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?"
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      • #4
        Originally posted by simplyconnected View Post
        These pedal covers are made by one company and sold through many vendors. Notice, your listing is coming from Lockport, NY. Lo and behold, isn't that Mac's Auto Parts and at exactly the same price?

        My pedal shows, "Swift Sure" but who ever looks at the brake pedal? - Dave
        Yeah, that is Macs. Not worried about looks, just quality.
        And to answer your question, I've looked at my brake pedal/pad 400 times over the past week (hope I don't ever have to look at it again).

        It's just bit worn, so I figured for $15, why not. But if the 50 year old worn one is better than anew repro (and sometimes these parts are), I'll stick pat...........

        Will call tomorrow if you are around...........
        59-430-HT

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        • #5
          Originally posted by OX1 View Post
          ...And to answer your question, I've looked at my brake pedal/pad 400 times over the past week

          Will call tomorrow if you are around...........
          Henry, your face was right on that pedal, putting your backing plates on the brake pedal support.

          You'd be surprised how many folks cannot tell you what their door panels look like in their daily driver! Yeah, yeah... I know, these are our babies and they carry pieces of ourselves in every part of the restoration scheme.

          Anyway, Mac's didn't make the pedals. They're probably made in India or Taiwan (like most repop parts). Regardless, I'm sure they will hold up for a good ten years or longer, depending on how much you drive your classic.

          I will be around tomorrow but I thought you need to get going on your plumbing. There are other brake issues we need to discuss as well. If you're so inclined, we can get a jump on things right now. - 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

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          • #6
            The repro power brake pedal pads had been unavailable recently so it is good to see they are available again. No doubt they are manufactured in India, Malaysia or some other off-shore country, typical of most of the repro parts today. If it fits correctly it looks like a good deal.
            Carl

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            • #7
              I removed my original brake peddle pad because it was very, very worn and slippery. I used the "Power Brakes" pad from Mac's. It's alright. You might be prepared for the old one to refuse dethroning. Start with several handy scrapers and any other tricks for removing rubber that has become one with the peddle.

              Dean

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Deanj View Post
                I removed my original brake peddle pad because it was very, very worn and slippery. I used the "Power Brakes" pad from Mac's. It's alright. You might be prepared for the old one to refuse dethroning. Start with several handy scrapers and any other tricks for removing rubber that has become one with the peddle.

                Dean
                That makes me not want touch it at all. Mine
                is worn just a bit on the right edge, but really
                not that bad.
                59-430-HT

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                • #9
                  I've replaced a number of pedals and never had a problem. Just remove the nut and bolt and pry it off. It's only a metal to metal connection. I'm not sure what Dean is describing.

                  John
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jopizz View Post
                    I've replaced a number of pedals and never had a problem. Just remove the nut and bolt and pry it off. It's only a metal to metal connection. I'm not sure what Dean is describing.

                    John
                    Does the MAC one only come with the pad maybe?

                    Also, anyone know if B9A-2454-B is the correct part no for the NOS one?
                    Last edited by OX1; March 12th, 2017, 07:04 AM.
                    59-430-HT

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                    • #11
                      Dean is describing the brake peddle pad. The replaceable rubber cover of the brake peddle.

                      How are these bolted to the peddle? Every one I've seen slips over the metal peddle base. I said my original "bonded" to the steel peddle making removal a crumbling experience. Are we discussing something different?

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                      • #12
                        As you can see by the picture of the NOS one OX1 posted there is a metal piece that connects to the pedal. It's an easy off and on. That NOS one is correct for 59-60 Thunderbirds.

                        John
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                        • #13
                          Yep, that's how my 'Swift Sure' pad is, too. One bolt and nut. No scraping or prying.
                          The box has 'trim' blacked out because the Swift Sure model has a stainless trim piece that goes over the rubber part.
                          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

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                          • #14
                            When you purchase the replacement "Power Brakes" pad or regular brakes pad from Mac's, there's no bracket. There's nothing but pad. Check it out. No older car I've owned had the pad bolt on.

                            Dean

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                            • #15
                              I have seen just the pad. In that case I would pay the extra money and get the NOS one. Sometimes cheaper is not better.

                              John
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