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Brake Conversion for 6cyl

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Joined: 11/13
Posted: 11/15/13 08:08 PM

I have a '68 coupe 6cyl, 4-lug, 14" wheels, 4-drum & manual brake.  The engine is built up just a bit more and can kinda keep up with a 289, but still just a 6.  With that being said, when it comes to safety and cost, can I get away with a power brakes kit for my 4 drum brake system or do I need to invest in a front disc kit.  I know with discs I would have to get 15" wheels which I really don't want to do right now, but it will be a daily driver and wanna invest in my safety before anything else.  The brakes right now perform very well and I've never had any problems with them, they are just manual drums.  Any information would be appreciated.  Thanks  

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Posts: 259
Joined: 08/11
Posted: 11/18/13 09:16 AM

Converting to power drums and a dual circuit master cylinder would give you a better pedal "feel" that's easier to modulate and safer braking distances without the expense of the disc conversion. The dual circuit master also will be a safety upgrade you can do at the same time with minor mods to your brake hard lines.

I have power drum on my '66 and except for the rare instance of plowing through standing water (the water makes the drums pull to one side sometimes) they are great for street driving.

Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager
Mustang Monthly Magazine

1965 FFR Roadster 427W/TKO-600 5-speed
1966 Mustang 289-4V/C4 Auto
1968 Mustang 4.6L Three-Valve/5R55S Auto
1990 Mustang 306/AOD
2002 Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L V-6/5R55 Auto
2005 F-150 4x2 4.2L V-6/4R70W Auto

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Posted: 11/18/13 05:03 PM

I agree with MM. If the drum brake systems are correctly cleaned and drums are serviceable and no binding, new shoes that are arced to fit the drum, they work well on sixes. They just can't be ignored, they are minimal at perfection, and dangerous with abused.  

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