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So I'm trying to decide what the best way to do my brakes are on my 68 coupe. Currently the car has four manual disc brakes. I still plan on redoing everything to the car, but I think brakes and suspension are the best place to start. I looked at the Granada swap, but the more I looked at it the more unsure I was. I think I have decided to order the conversion kits because I'm sure the way I am I'd end up with a Granada I don't need sitting in the backyard to restore. So the goal is to get power four disc brakes I believe. I have considered just power brakes with disc on front, but haven't decided. Some of the kits I've found have said you can use your original spindles. I just was wondering what suggestions anyone might have on this. Another issue was that a few kits were saying that you would have to go up to a size 17" wheel. Personally, I'd rather not but I will if I have to. Thanks for any ideas.
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Really depends on your budget and what you want to accomplish. You don't need 13" rotors, or even rear disc unless you plan on doing some serious road course work. Baer has some really nice and complete kits that are easier to install. The '68 has good spindles so that isn't a problem.
Then it's just a matter of adding a power booster with a correct master cylinder, which again is easy on a '68. One of the things I notice on all these "junk yard specials" kits, is that people are not properly accounting for the requirement of the correct master cylinder. It's kind of like Tiger woods without a caddy. Yeah, it will work, but it ain't gonna be a winner.
Unless you are exceptionally knowledgeable on brakes, or are willing to spend the time to become properly educated, I'd suggest staying with one of the main line vendors and getting a complete kit that serves your needs. I'm partial to Bear in this case, as their stuff seems pretty much "plug and play", while using top level components.
I was looking at the Baer kit earlier and almost went ahead and ordered it, but wanted to look around a bit more. This is the first big purchase I'm going to make on the car, and I don't want to regret it. The local store in town...I've had nothing but problems with so finally got lucky enough to find this forum. Has anyone used the Baer kit or have any suggestions. Thanks for the link. Its given me some more performance options I was looking for. As far as my goal for the car I'd like to be able to take the car to the strip occasionally and be able to stop. The local one is 1/8 and then another 1/8 to stop or your in a lake....so I haven't been yet even though 1/8 should be plenty enough to stop...I don't like swimming.
I put a Granada swap on mine from the Junkyard with all new parts for about $300 dollars. I went manual still and it stops very good. I think it stops very good and a heck of a lot cheaper than those kits. I don't see that power brakes are really needed because all they do it amplify the pressure that you put on the pedal so as long as you've got a good leg, thats just more money too.
oh yeah if u go with ssbc they are free shipping from jeg and they price match i found the cheapest place to be www.paddockparts.com i got the part number and the price called jegs up and got it shipped for free and at the paddocks cheaper prices i paid 1400.00$ for my 13 inch brake kit and n.p.d. wanted something like 1800$[:'(] it literally pays to shop around big time
Keep in mind that no matter which kit you get, you will need at least 15" wheels if you don't already have them. This kit is the best bang for the buck. All new parts, and everything you need to make the swap for less than $500.00 http://www.discbrakeswap.com/The_Gra...9.3006.v01.pdf
One of our other members (Tylerdru) bought the kit and put it on his car. I am planning on getting this kit in a week or two. I live not too far from Austin, so I will just go pick it up for the cost of $445.00 cash. Credit card will cost you another 15 bux. Dennis Ginsberg is the owner of the company, and is very knowledgable about this swap. His email addy is in the site I gave you. So, contact him if you have questions.
I have 14" wheels, but they are Mag 500's that are 7" wide and Dennis thinks the kit will fit my wheels, but the kit will not fit the stock 14X5 wheels. Anyway, I am going to take a wheel with me to Austin shortly to make sure the kit will fit my wheels before I buy the kit, because I already have about 900 bucks in these wheels.
My 14" Magnums worked with the Granada swap. Had to put some small spacers behind the wheel though. I could have got away with just slightly grinding the top off of the calpiper and they would have worked. They just bARELY rubbed. I was thinking mine were 14 X 5 though.
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