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  • NYsquarebird58
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    Had a little bit of a setback working on the T-bird today. I was test fitting my new 14”x6” wheel for clearance issues with the caliper when I went ahead and got myself injured. I was spinning the wheel with my right hand and as I turned my head to answer someone, I blindly placed my left hand on the wheel to try and stop it and that’s when my pinky and ring finger got sucked in between the caliper and the rim. If I could, I’d kick myself in the rear end for being so careless. I spent the second half of the day in the ER. Turns out I fractured a piece off of my joint, nicked a nerve, but the part that worries me is that I severed a tendon. They’ve got me on antibiotics, and pain killers. I’ll be seeing a hand specialist first thing Monday morning.





    Before I got hurt I did manage to install the calipers, pads and the hoses, so the front end is pretty much done.



























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  • Jimz Bird
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    Still up in the air on mine.
    About decided on this one with 1" bore as stock on my 56. It is the same that was on my 69 Mach I Mustang with front disc/rear drum.
    http://www.bendixcatalog.com/PartDet...x?b=B&pn=11378

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  • simplyconnected
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    This M/C is a 1-1/8" bore. I got one too (in chrome). We are trying them out to remedy our 'low pedal'. I just got mine two days ago and will let you know how it turns out. - Dave

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  • Jimz Bird
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    Is this the Master Cylinder from off of the Scarebird list of parts?

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  • NYsquarebird58
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    Here's the master cylinder all painted up.











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  • NYsquarebird58
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    Originally posted by lawyercalif View Post
    Marcello,

    I have an extra Jeep bracket. If you want it send me a private message with your full name and address md I will send it to you.
    PM'd Thanks!

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  • lawyercalif
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    Marcello,

    I have an extra Jeep bracket. If you want it send me a private message with your full name and address md I will send it to you.

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  • NYsquarebird58
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    I have a non-AC car with firewall mounted booster. I'm using the bracket from my old booster to mount the new one. I ordered the jeep bracket, but it is on back order until late may, so I'll have to cut down the threaded rod coming out of the back of my booster a bit.

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  • lawyercalif
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    What adapter are you using? Did your car have manual brakes before or did it have the Bendix Booster, or the Kelsey Hayes under the dash booster?
    Does your car have A/C? All of these take different brackets to mount the new booster. I was just interested in which type you are using. Ray used a custom made bracket on Yellow Bird. I am making one using the Bendix booster bracket and a jeep bracket to clear the A/C plenum.

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  • NYsquarebird58
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    Adapter to connect to link pin
    Last edited by NYsquarebird58; May 2nd, 2012, 01:19 AM.

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  • lawyercalif
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    Have you figured out how to mount the booster. What bracket are you using? It looks like I am going to have to modify mine some more to clear my tall custom valve covers or I might have to go back to stock valve covers.
    Last edited by lawyercalif; May 1st, 2012, 12:36 AM.

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  • NYsquarebird58
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    Originally posted by SBHollingsworth View Post
    Great pictures. I just bought a 60 and i am hoping to do a coonversion very soon. Did you buy a kit and if so who's kit?

    Keep the pictures and updates coming. good luck
    My setup is not a kit; it uses standard parts you can get at any auto parts store and the best part is that you still retain your original spindles and bearings. Many kits use proprietary rotors and calipers, so if you need replacement parts you must go to the manufacturer. This setup also allows you to use 14 wheels found on many Ford disc brake cars. All the aftermarket kits I am aware of require you to use 15 wheels.

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  • SBHollingsworth
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    Great pictures. I just bought a 60 and i am hoping to do a coonversion very soon. Did you buy a kit and if so who's kit?

    Keep the pictures and updates coming. good luck

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  • NYsquarebird58
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    Originally posted by Jimz Bird View Post
    Ahhh, that explains how you get away with it "girlfriend" not "wife"

    Lookin' good - your're doing a great job with this.
    Thanks! So you're sayin' they change on ya when you get married?? I figured living together for a couple of years was good practice

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  • Jimz Bird
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    Ahhh, that explains how you get away with it "girlfriend" not "wife"

    Lookin' good - your're doing a great job with this.

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