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Old 03-16-2011, 10:43 AM
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Thx Eric, you're correct, I won't need to worry about the 70/30 part, the wheel cylinders make that up for you from what I've been told.
I don't know much about the setup I have but I did post the VIN info on the T-bird registry. I do like the cloth with the black vinyl seat. It didn't come with the front seats. I also like that it doesn't have AC or power windows - makes it lighter and easier to work on. So far I've pulled the gas tank and cleaned it, replaced the fuel pump, rebuilt the carb, replaced plugs and the wires. repacked the front bearings and greased all the tie-rods, check the shoes, rebuilt the windows and cranks and replaced the driver side glass. Put some $15 bucket seats in it from a local junk yard, cleaned out two squirrel nests and tons of pecan shells and sand. The lights, and horn etc all work.
My daughter wants to paint a square 59 on the roof in flat black. I told her she could do some flat black flames out the front wheel wells too. I want to put some cheater clicks on it eventually, A re-bar shift rod with brass knuckle shifter - tons of ideas to Rat it out. It was supposed to be a retirement project, but I could wait to start on it.
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:22 PM
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The final issue I had with my disc brake converison was getting a pedal that felt right. There was no problem with the braking ability but the pedal went uncomfortably close to the floor. The rest position of the brake pedal is controlled by the length of the push rod. Rather than fiddle around making a number of push rods of different lengths, I decided to make an adjustable one, see atached. It took a couple fitting adjustments to find a length that gives a good pedal feeling. One other thing I did was put a stainless steel plate and rubber gasket over the old MC hole in the firewall. The rubber gasket has slits to allow the push rod to move back and forth through it. Now I hope I have put this project to bed.
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:13 PM
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SS Brakes makes an adjustable push rod and part of the "spongy" feeling is probably due to the firewall flexing.
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:38 PM
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Because I retrofitted the AC system into my car, I was concerned that I may not have installed the AC plenum in exactly the same place as the factory. The space between my new booster and the AC plenum is only about 1/8". Ray is planning on changing his brake system this weekend so I asked him to check the distance between the flange on the AC plenum and the left fender edge on his car. The distance on my car is 14 1/4". He measured the distance on his car and it is 14 7/8" so clearance between the AC plenum and the new 8" booster is not an issue.
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:07 AM
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I redesigned the brackets so that they would be easier to fabricate. However I see in another thread that there are brackets for Jeeps that may be an easier solution yet.I haven't made a prototype or tested it in a vehicle, so while I am reasonably confident it will work, there are no guarantees. Both Ray and I have the previous version with the pinched brackets installed in our cars and they are working very well.
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:55 AM
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Thanks for posting the prints.

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Old 04-08-2012, 01:30 PM
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I too would like to thank you for all your hard work on this. Although I am going with the Jeep extender bracket, you can only do this if you have or can find an original bendix booster to salvage the bracket from. There will be many who cannot find one and your bracket will be a lifesaver.

Just for the sake of introducing a new idea. I have not tried the Jeep/bendix bracket on the car yet.
It extends the MC 7" but only raises it 3 1/2". If it turns out there is a problem clearing the valve cover, I intend to make an adapter that will allow me to tilt the unit toward the fender by rotating it around the original push rod hole about 30-45 degrees clockwise. That should move it a couple of inches further from the AC plenum and the valve cover. It would require two adapters one to rotate the entire bracket unit and another at the booster to rotate the MC back to a level position. Has anyone here tried rotating a bracket to get the clearances needed?

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Old 04-08-2012, 06:58 PM
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The Bronco bracket and booster are offset.
http://www.4wdandsportutility.com/te.../photo_07.html

The extreme is for the Baby Birds whee it is a 90 degree "bend". This appears to be the only way to add a firewall booster to the Baby Birds. This one necessitates relocating the battery.

Just talked with OID (Old Irish Dave) a week or so ago as he was looking into seeing if the Bronco could be used on the Baby Bird but no go.

Give him a call and ask about the Bronco.
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Old 04-08-2012, 07:44 PM
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The way they offset the one for the baby bird (#9795 pictured in Jimz Bird Post) is the type of offset I am talking about. Too bad they don't make one with a 45 degree angle, 90 would be too much, 30 to 45 would be perfect. The type of offset on the bronco bracket is wrong as it bends the booster and mc at a 45 degree angle rather than keeping them straight and moving them over a few inches as I envision by rotating the whole unit around its axis.



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The Bronco bracket and booster are offset.
http://www.4wdandsportutility.com/te.../photo_07.htmly

The extreme is for the Baby Birds whee it is a 90 degree "bend". This appears to be the only way to add a firewall booster to the Baby Birds. This one necessitates relocating the battery.

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I hope it is not a stupid question but I'm going to buy the mustang rotors from summit to follow Scarebird conversion path. There are two different rotors type by Bendix in their catalogue, are they both ok or should I prefer one?

Type 1: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/ben-prt1018



Type 2: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/ben-prt1019

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