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My apologies for posting wrong information about Master Power Brakes. (I'm kinda surprised someone didn't correct my 'advanced-age' error sooner.)

The system that Leonard and Larry used is ABS Kit #9787.

To my knowledge, this is the ONLY commercially available kit that works in all Squarebirds. Somehow, they have a corner of the market on the all-important firewall bracket (that nobody else has) and they will NOT sell it as a stand-alone part. (We tried.) Sorry for my mistake and thanks to Ray Clark for suggesting ABS.

I've seen too many failures with hydraulic brake systems so I stick with vacuum boosters. If your car is in a crash or the engine stops, the vacuum booster always has a few 'extra' pumps in it. I can't say that for hydraulics unless you add an accumulator. - Dave
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HI T/Bird group...I have purchased kit from T/Bird headquqrters in CALIFORNIA...They buy from ABS ...Here are a few BAD pix they sent of kit...I will receive it in next week or so..I will advise and send better pix and also, see if Santa has got it right..-22degrees C on SILVER STAR ski hill .AWESOME CONDITIONS .Keeps the crowds away.CHEERS TERRY
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HI GUYS...Finally spent some time on Bevs Bird...dry fit Disc brake kit from T/Bird Headquarters. BOOSTER & Brkt fit as advertised, need only small shim fwd to ensure clearance between A/C plenum and booster...lots of M/C clearance at R/Cover, shift linkage, exhaust etc. maade bushings etc to mate to orig brk pedal.. calipers appear to be Cardone stuff.18-4195...GM Buick 1988/1996 with D215-7136 Pads.. custom brkts for caliper mnt. cannot I.D. M/C and ABS brake guys are not giving any info??? must be a secret setup.I got Ford Ranger 14 X 5 1/2 rims 3 3/4 B/space.they clear calipers ..but will only take a P195/75 tire ,which I think may be too small for this heavyweight unit, any thought on that??.....also did PCV upgrade..drilled INT mnfld for vac port and will also hook distributor here for full Vac..{Pertonix installed} Cheers Terry
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SORRY GUYS I have no clue why some pix are upside down in last post...CHEERS TERRY
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I got Ford Ranger 14 X 5 1/2 rims 3 3/4 B/space.they clear calipers ..but will only take a P195/75 tire ,which I think may be too small for this heavyweight unit, any thought on that??
I have the same rims and have 215/75 tires mounted on them. They should easily take 225/75 if you want to go larger. Who told you that they only take 195/75 tires.

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SOME PIX OF BRAKE HRDWRE INSTALLED also 14x5 1/2 RANGER RIM WITH 3 3/4 IN B/SPACE SLOTTED STYLE ..new location for temp guage in top of intake over water jacket..and new vac port in rear of int manifold for PCV and distr vac.. CHEERS TERRY
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HI JOHN the posted max size for that rim is 195/75...I checked a couple tire siTes and thought i better put thatquestion out there to actual users..CHEERS TERRY
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Well I finally reached my limit on tryin to get auto wrecker wheels, within 250 miles of my place..Ranger 14 inch and any early FORD disc wheels.. NOTHING LEFT. 2 good rims and 2 that were so badly rusted they were unsafe..and they were from a wrecker 200 miles north of me. .tried buying LOCALLY aftermarket, {to save US EXCHANGE AND SHIPPING TO CANADA}.. ...no luck...SO...putting on AMERICAN Torque thrust D 15inch and moving on...will post pix when i get them..made custom 3/16 inch lines for combo valve and installed 10 lb residual valve in rear line to control drum brake pull back from drums..weather here is gettin better and shd be able to rd test soon. CHEERS TERRY
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I hope it's not too late to say, just about all the 14" rims sold at summitracing.com fit disk brakes. They start at about $55 for steel. Perfect for using the OEM hubcaps. Several of our members went that route. - Dave
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Enough frustration with old parts....NEW 15 INCH AMERICAN TORQUE THRUST "D" ANTHACITE MAGS...225/70/R15 TIRES NICE..Gives the old Bird a new attitude Still much to do,, all brake hardware mocked up and now removed for final F/wall repaint in area where old M/C was leakin. rear E Brake cables seized..Looks like trans input seal leakin,and trans selector/throttle shaft seasl leak bad..More later CHEERS TERRY
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