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Old 04-09-2011, 12:38 PM
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Default disc coversion k/H under dash puzziled

Hello you guys
6 month ago before I registered in this marvelous forum I started to modify the front brakes now reading you guys Im really asking myself if Im on de right track my set up include granada spindle,disc, caliper, master cylinder, and proportioning valve .
where im not sure is I was planning to use my original power booster under the dash what I did is modify the original push rod with an ajustable round tip and was planning to bolt the master cylinder directly on the fire wall and using the original set up to activate the granada master cylinder. crazy or might work . please how can I post picture
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:41 PM
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I am going to let someone, like Howard Prout, or others who have done this conversion answer your questions. I know that Howard left his KH under dash unit in place and is using it, and I plan on doing the same thing.

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Old 04-09-2011, 02:34 PM
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You're on the right track, but there are a few variables in your setup.

I don't know if the bolt pattern on a Granada M/C will fit your firewall pattern.

Back in the day, yes, Squarebirds had PB's but they were drum brakes. Drum brakes require hundreds of psi LESS than disks. That means the power booster you already have will probably only offer a small assist. In my opinion, you need more; at least an 8" dual-diaphragm booster.

There is no real reason to take your treadle vac unit out because it is attached to the pedal and divorced from the M/C.

If you go with another booster on the engine side of the firewall, you need a bracket that raises the booster/master combination a few inches, and a longer pushrod from the pedal. A new bracket can have slotted holes to accommodate any bolt pattern. Here is an OEM booster/bracket from 1960:

The bracket is VERY hard to come by, so Howard made his own. We can get a chromed booster and M/C for about US$200 + s/h.

I hope this helps.

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Old 04-09-2011, 07:45 PM
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As Dave and Ray said, I couldn't find appropriate brackets for mounting the new booser and MC so made my own. The attached pix shows the new assembly. The old MC is simply as a jig for the bolt pattern through the firewall. The bottom line is that the booster had to be raised 5" to clear the valve cover and out 5" from the firewall to provide enough room for the pivot arm. One of the unexpected issues I came across was getting the top of the pivot arm out far enough to prevent interference with the firewall. I ended up having to put spacer plates between the firewall and the new booster bracket. In the next design iteration I would make the brackets 1/4" deeper. BTW, notice that the bottom ends of the brackets are piched closer together - that is to prevent interference with the steering column. The development of these brackets is discussed in greater depth in the "Disc Brake Converison" thread.
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:59 PM
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Guess my setup is closest to yours - I have the Granada spindles, rotors and calipers. Master Power (generic) combo valve and a Lincoln master cyl.

Looked on Advance Auto site for a 75 Linc vs 75 Granada master cyl. Both have only 2 bolts - the original Tbird master had 4 bolts both A/C and non A/C cars according to the service manual. The 10-1602 Granada master is taller than the 10-1603 Lincoln master - otherwise they looked the same - they don't give specs on pressures on the Advance site. Looked at the service manual and it appears you could remove one set of the smaller studs (lower) and install larger longer bolts through the firewall to bolt the new 2 stud style Granada master cyl on. This is a big - no huge - assumption that they will allow the master cyl and booster to line up but every now and then someone wins the lottery.

On the booster. I had mine modified to accept the 2 stud style master cyl - done - no other modifications needed - well - you do have to round off the master cyl push rod to fit better in the Lincoln master cyl. but all the pedal stuff stays stock. Mine is the style mounted on the outside firewall (see below).

If you have the A/C box on the firewall you won't be able to add a standard Tbird non A/C style booster on the firewall - it is 1 3/4 inch too close and will need to be moved out plus a 1 3/4 inch longer pedal rod installed. There was a factory/dealer kit to do this but in 10 years of looking I have only "heard" of one person having one. The dual action system that Dave and Howard fabricated may clear the A/C box.

Looking at the manual (pg 10-21) there is a tricky pedal trigger adjustment for the under the dash booster setup that may give you trouble on your Granada master setup but if you keep adjusting.....maybe.

My booster (on the outside firewall) seems to provide plenty of boost for the Lincoln/ Granada setup - the pedal feels about the same as it did with dual drums but stops like it has discs.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.....

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Old 04-09-2011, 11:22 PM
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Thanks for the information on how you did your conversion, Eric! I will be doing the same conversion to front disc brakes and a dual MC/dual power booster that Howard recently did. I am using the same parts, the same chromed dual MC/dual power booster, same firewall mounting bracket he had made for me that he used on his, same calipers, rims, pads, you name it. Mine is an exact duplicate of his system which is working well for him. The firewall mounting bracket that he made DOES clear the AC plenum, his valve cover and the power steering system. Not by a whole lot, I gather, but it does clear it all. I hope to be able to take step by step pictures during my conversion process and put up a step by step account of how to do it. IF the company that is going to do it for me, will allow me to do so. Howard was going to do that, but the guy who did his had a lot of the work done before he could put a camera to it and he was not able to get the pictures. Howards equipment that he used all works and without worries about whether or not you can get your front end to align correctly, unlike some other kits out there.

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Old 04-10-2011, 06:58 AM
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Default Ditto Eric

My setup is going to be similar to Erics and Eric has the most experience with this setup. If you don't have a factory A/C car the factory bracket with modified booster is simple and easy. My setup will be Versailles spindles (same as Granada with large lower ball joint), Lincoln MC for disc/disc, Versailles combo valve. Booster Dewey will take your booster/bracket and convert it to take the granada/lincoln mc and test both together for around $200.00. You can probably get a core from Carl Heller (partsetal on this site) at a reasonable price. As Dave says you must have a booster to go to disc brakes. The stock pedal gives you a 6x1 conversion meaning you press with 100lbs and it gives 600lbs at the MC. You must have greater then 1000 lbs for disc brakes. It is my belief in studying the Versailles/Granada spindle that you need to use the outer tie rod ends from the Granada. The steering arm sits lower then the stock bird and the tie rod ends minimize this. The stock tie rod ends put the line of the tie rod below the steering arm where the V/G tie rod ends line the tie rod up with the center of the steering arm. This 3/4 of an inch may not seem like much but could minimize any bump steer tendencies.
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:52 PM
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Hopefully I'm not hijacking this thread, but I have a similar situation...

I am using the SSBC A152 kit on a 1959 Thunderbird. After the whole kit was installed, I realized there is a booster under the dash (which I have NEVER seen before!). After bleeding everything, as mentioned before, the booster is not adequate to push these disk brake pistons and no matter what I do, the pedal is extremely soft.

The kit shows it is for non-power brakes cars, so should I somehow get rid of the under dash booster or do something similar to what has been discussed in this thread?

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Old 09-01-2015, 04:41 PM
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I've never heard of a disc brake system that didn't need a modern booster. Whether or not you have the under dash booster I don't see how it's possible to generate enough power to get the calipers to stop safely. If there was a system that worked without a booster don't you think modern car manufacturers would use it to save money. Like they say if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.

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