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Greetings all! Ok, I talked with teh gentleman at Drop-N-Stop the other day about converting my 60 HT to disc brakes. He told me that the under-dash booster I have would not work and that I would have to buy a regular under-hood unit and master cylinder. My concern about this is if there is enough room for a regular brake booster and my a/c unit. Has anyone here swapped to disc brakes and have a/c? If so, what type of booster did you use? IS there any truth that I wouldn't be able to use my under-dash booster?

On a different topic, I apologize for the lack of pictures on mine. Haven't really been able to get much accomplished lately. The engine is still sitting there with cam- and crankshafts in place and new pistons installed. Just waiting for my machine shop to finish my camshaft sprocket. FINALLY got my new HV oil pump after 2 weeks of waiting and now I'll be able to really get things done once I get my sprocket back. Pictures will be taken during this process so anyone interested can view them. Say, next weekend or so. Anyway, thanks for all the help you have all given me and for any future help!

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Yikes....I hope not!!! I also bought a drop n stop setup and have the underdash booster. The kit is installed although the car is not "off the blocks" yet. I would appreciate the same advice. No firewall booster was a key to the clean firewall that I have put together.
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I also have a 60 with AC and under dash booster.

To the best of my knowledge, the reason that the booster is under the dash is because a normal booster/master cylinder combo will not fit against the firewall. The AC shroud on the firewall is too wide.

I may be wrong, so get some other input.
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Bart, it was my understanding that the booster wouldn't fit due to the a/c unit as well. Here's hoping that's not the case. At the moment mine is sitting in the back seat just waiting for me to start putting everything together. If anyone else has knowledge about this then please let me know. I had thought about going ahead and trying the Drop-N-Stop brakes using my old booster, so Husky, if you get yours done before I get mine, would you let me know if it worked? Thanks again guys!
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That makes no sense to me guys. The last 3rd of (production) all 1960 Bird's had the firewall mounted power brake booster design, A/C or not. Therefore, all that "Framer_guru" needs to do is find a late model '60 donor T-Bird, & transfer the firewall mounted power brake system over to his earlier '60 model Bird.

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Jon:

Does your 60 have the under dash or firewall booster?
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Please elaborate. I haven't heard of any AC Birds with an under-hood power booster (PB). Is there a production date when this change occured? Was a third type of power booster used or an additional bracket that pushed the PB further to the front to clear the AC housing.

I would think this third type of power booster or bracket is listed in the Parts Catalog, something to look into tonight.
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Ken:

I think that I remember seeing an AC bird with a MC/Booster combo on the firewall, as Jon says. It was in a photo of a car for sale on E-Bay.

If I remember correctly, there was a triangular "stand-off" bracket mounted to the firewall to clear the AC shroud, and the MC/Booster was mounted to that bracket.

I'll keep looking for a photo.
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I looked in the VTCI's OFS, page G3-74. The bendix PB is listed for the late 1960 AC cars, note that an Adapter Kit is Used. Jon, thanks for your input, learned something useful today.
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Thanks for the info, guys. Ok, now to sound stupid. What is the "VTCI" and "OFS"? Would I be able to use the booster from this or should I just get the one offered from Drop-N-Stop that the main guy there told me about? See, I'm learning about these cars everyday! Hahahaha!
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