Four wheel disc brake questions

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thessler
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Four wheel disc brake questions

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Hi
I'm looking to upgrade stopping power.
There is a kit from classic disk brakes that includes four wheel power disc , and move the battery to the trunk.
Does anyone have experience with this kit ?
I'm looking for a real good system capable of stopping like a modern car, any suggestions welcome.
Thank you, Tom

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Re: Four wheel disc brake questions

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My car has disc brakes on the front and drums in the back, I did not have to relocate my battery,
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Re: Four wheel disc brake questions

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I have manual 4 wheel disc brakes on my 56 work great, I prefer the feel without the booster and you can keep the battery in the stock location.

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Re: Four wheel disc brake questions

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Without power how hard is it to stop ?
I have no experience with this, but from what I'm reading it's harder on the pedal with non power disc than with drum.
As it is I have four drums non power and my wife can't drive the car, due to stopping distance required. I need to improve that. Even when I drive it i need to lean on that pedal pretty hard to slow it down. A quick brake check in highway congestion would result in a crash.
Thanks for input, Tom

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Re: Four wheel disc brake questions

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You would probably be fine with manual front disc and rear drum, that's what I have on my 57 ranchero and it stops fine without a lot of pressure, a 100% better than drums on all fours.

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Re: Four wheel disc brake questions

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I recently had it done; power 4 wheel disc brakes. My brother-in-laws has driven it a bit. He said at first, it was real tight and touchy when stopping. However, the more he drove it the better the brakes were. Battery was relocated to trunk to allow for power brake unit under the hood. I don't have access to my car now as the state shut down all unnecessary business. Car is locked inside shop for probably next 2 to 3 months.
List of what I had done:
Power 4 wheel disc brakes
all new exhaust
CASCO Improved Handling kit (heavy duty anti-sway bars and air shocks.
Electric wipers
"Start in park" installed
License plate light
15" Steering wheel repainted and installed
Front end rebuilt
Rear end seals and bearings replaced
Radio fixed
Tach cable replaced
Weather stripping on fender skirts
Car cost $21,000, shipping $ 1,000, registration and tax $ 2,400, recent repairs $ 11,000

Pending:
Weatherstripping on hardtop
Weatherstripping on doors
Convertible top frame rebuilt
New convertible top installed
Miner interior items fixed
Extensive rust on bottom of both door. Needs to be cut out and patch panel installed
touch up repaint where needed
D Code 1957 T-Bird, White w/red Int.

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