I have finally gotten to the point of gving up on the drum system my 58 has. It is, for all intensive purposes, perfect. Shoes are near new, drums quite new, wheel cylinders replaced etc. There is only so much stopping power there and it ain't really enough.
Awhile back I did some reading on the design of the car and learned that the effective braking area (shoes) was about the same as the 2 seater TBird, a much lighter car. Further, in the quest for the low slung visual design, the drums were also limited. So what we get is what we get.
What I would like to find out is what experiences people have had with the disk conversions. I have one listed at
Is your braking now alot better?? If I am going to go to alot of trouble then I want some seriously
better results. Not just better... It would not bother me to spend extra on even higher performance calipers (2 piston or more)
The other area I am in the dark on is wheels
. I gather I have to replace my front two wheels. I have stock Ford rims at the moment (14") but not originals. What do I get and where do I get them??
It occurs to me that used parts sources are drying up fast due to the high price of scrap steel, among other factors, so junkyard items that we used to count on may be gone.
So...what do you guys know???