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Old 12-19-2009, 12:28 PM
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Well said.
Being in GM Parts, I can back you up 100 % on that.
7/8's of our parts come from overseas anyways. I ordered a master cyl for a P/30 (Step van) last week. The label said "Made in the USA"
I almost fainted..
And we all know what Jeep stands for "Just Everybody Elses Parts"


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The whole idea is to get a good disk brake setup CHEAP-ly. Bone yards have been collecting old Granada/Versailles spindles, and they know we need them REAL BAD. Consequently, they typically charge $300 for used spindles/rotors/calipers/prop valve. 'Supply & demand' is truly in force.

Remember, these cars were scrapped. The whole car wasn't worth $150. They simply remove the ball joints, snip the brake lines, put them in a big box (or two smaller boxes), and send them out. Not bad for twenty minutes work.

Grant, if you can get a complete Versailles setup for $150, that's GREAT! Since you are aligning a Thunderbird suspension, the geometry still uses T-bird spec's.

I have heard discussion about using NON-Ford products on Ford cars. Here's my take... I love Ford Motor Co., probably more than they love me. They intentionally DO NOT support their own older or classic cars. When we find product compatability, it's never from Ford, but from hotrodders (God Bless them) who try different setups. Sometimes aftermarket products are offered, usually by the hotrodders.

I guess it's nice to see Ford script on a more modern part used on a classic car, but that was never Ford's intent. Ford sells specific replacement parts only. Dealerships are not at liberty to swap Ford parts, or the factory warranty may be in jeopardy.

GM never intended for us to use their parts on Ford cars, either. Truth of the matter is, the big three have used each other's parts forever. Jeep and AMC used Autolite and Delco parts. So did Checker. Many of these parts are actually made by a third party, and sold with a Ford logo.

It matters little if you use a replacement Ford spindle, or an aftermarket bracket that fits your original spindle. Neither applications are authorized by Ford (and Ford couldn't care less). If Ford wanted us to enjoy power disk brakes on Squarebirds, THEY would have a kit, or they would license a company to sell Ford aftermarket products.

Common sense says it's OUR responsibility to buy quality/tested parts, and at least know who made them (and where). Now, more than any time in the past, we must really be careful with inferior foreign parts, because foreign parts are all we can get. - Dave
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Given the above info is correct regarding prices it would be better to buy a Granada wreck/rusted-out car and strip it of all the bits you need and then cart the remains off to the scrap-metal dealer?
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Yes, Scumdog. The problem is, in the US, Granada's were only sold from 1975-82, Mercury Monarch (1977-80), and Lincoln Versailles (1981-'82). Hardly any are left, so we look to the Mustang II's, which used similar spindles.

When we scrap cars, most of the commonly used parts are salvaged (engine/trans, wheels, radiator, radio, etc.) The rest is only worth scrap iron prices. Nearly all junk cars are cubed and melted for fast cash turnaround. (Same as Oz)

Spindles never wear out because they don't have any moving parts. Very few cars ever need a replacement spindle. Hotrodders discovered, these first Ford disk brake spindles fit HUNDREDS of classic Ford models, spreading over thirty years or more. - Dave
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