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Old 08-17-2008, 05:42 PM
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Question disc brake conversion

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Just talked to a friend who put a set from a 1972 Cougar on his '58.
He has 9 Squarebirds so he knows what he's doing! He said it works perfect, no problems.
Anyone tried this? Apparently parts are readily available and reasonably priced.
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:29 PM
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Do you know if it bolted directly to the existing spindle or did he have to replace with a cougar spindle?
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:11 PM
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I JUST completed this with 1980 Ford Granada spindles and rotors, along with a new brake booster, master cylinder, combination valve, and 10lbs residual valve in the rear for the drums.

Also used are Camaro brake hoses up front (direct bolt on) and different tie rods (Not Granada, they don't mate to the existing adjusting sleeve).

I'm going to break in the brakes in the next couple of days to seat the pads.....It's already a night and day difference, though!

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Old 08-17-2008, 10:00 PM
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I went this bolt on kit a few years back, very nice and inexpensive, but I am thinking of going with dropped spindles and not sure if my kit will work. These are options are good to know.
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Old 08-17-2008, 11:22 PM
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He told me he didn't have to change anything.The spindles were perfect and everything is stock.I asked the usual questions too and he said "no problem".
After I change my wiring ,I'm going to go this route.
Currently.my low beams won't work and when I go to high beams all 4 light but after a wile all go on and off as if there's a lose connection.but I haven't figured out where the problem is and I'm getting tired of messing with 50 yr. old wires.
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Check the dimmer switch on the floor. Mine had corroded contacts, and I just pushed it on and off untill it cleaned itself. You may want to remove yours and check the connections.

The other thing that happened on mine, was that the bulb contacts were also corroded a little. Take the bulbs out, clean the contacts, use dialectric bulb grease on the contact blades, then insert and remove them a few times to work the grease into the socket contacts.
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I've never heard of tha setup. Sounds great if it's a bolt on. It makes sense. I've heard of Granada spindles working on earlier drum brk equipped Mustangs.
My only concern would be, if the Couger had 10" rotors. May not be quite enough stopping power. A Couger, or Mustang (same platform) weighs in close to 1000 lbs less than a Thunderbird.

If that is the case, run a pad like Raybestos Premium (red backing) or something similar.
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Old 08-18-2008, 06:16 PM
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With the Cougar disk setup, do you keep the factory stock 14" wheels, or do you have to swap them for something else to clear the rotors?
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Old 08-18-2008, 06:32 PM
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seems like if you or I are going to go to the trouble of converting to disk brakes then the actual components ought to be appropriate for the weight of the car and result in really first rate braking. Stuff intended for Mustangs or Granadas sounds marginal to me.

If your setup is for a car too light then repeated use may result in warped rotors, a pain. . .

My 1979 Honda cb750 motorcycle has 2 9" rotors in front.... by way of comparison. Weighs 480 pounds (without my fat a$$ on board).

I want to end up with brakes that make me glad I have a seat belt on when I really lean on 'em...

John
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:11 PM
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Ok, is there a after market company that makes a bolt on kit for the t-bird(square bird) I just put a system on a studebaker so it's not out of the question. I have power drum brakes and they scare me. It feels like the car speeds up before it slows down. They work however after driving my pontiac T/A it's system is fitted to the car. It makes me think these brakes could be alot better.
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