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Solarman
Dennis mcIntyre

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Ford 8 " Disc brakes??
Posted by: Solarman
Date: December 18, 2007 07:46PM

Any one have a ford 8" with disc brakes? I have an axle and would like a cheap conversion?
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Citron
Stephen DeGroat
Lugoff, SC
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1970 MGBGT V6, 7004R, AC, matching trailer 3.1 liter

Re: Ford 8 " Disc brakes??
Posted by: Citron
Date: December 18, 2007 09:01PM

My ford 8 in uses the MG axel tubes, so I will be running the stock MG Brakes.

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Re: Ford 8 " Disc brakes??
Posted by: Anonymous User
Date: December 20, 2007 12:19PM

Google Currie Enterprises.

"Cheap" disc brake conversion - bwahahahaha!

Seriously, your car looks great - why chintz on the brakes?


V6 Midget
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
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'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: Ford 8 " Disc brakes??
Posted by: V6 Midget
Date: December 20, 2007 04:01PM

Be careful when making a conversion on the rear brakes that the fluid area isn't too large compared to the stock B cylinders, you could wind up with a "long" brake pedal trying to get the rear brakes to engage. I found this on my Midget when I installed a GM 10 bolt with drum brakes. Unless I keep the rear drums adjusted well the pedal travel can get pretty close to the floor. With discs there's no adjustment, so you might be looking for a larger master cylinder as well blowing the budget idea.


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Re: Ford 8 " Disc brakes??
Posted by: Anonymous User
Date: December 21, 2007 11:15AM

Good point, Bill, if you know the sizes of the master cylinders and the caliper pistons in front, the manufacturer of the rear calipers should be able to recommend the appropriate size. Wilwood has good technical support over the phone.


V6 Midget
Bill Young
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Re: Ford 8 " Disc brakes??
Posted by: V6 Midget
Date: December 21, 2007 11:34AM

I did some surfing and found this article, might help you. [www.ultrastang.com]


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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Re: Ford 8 " Disc brakes??
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: December 23, 2007 10:16AM

Great find, Bill !



t.lay
Tom Lay
Grayslake, IL
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72 mg b gt

Re: Ford 8 " Disc brakes??
Posted by: t.lay
Date: July 29, 2008 12:23PM

[www.fordmuscle.com]

explorer rears will work on an 8" - should be cheap


bplus
Tracy Moore
Jacksonville, Fl
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71' MGB GT 350 Chevrolet

Re: Ford 8 " Disc brakes??
Posted by: bplus
Date: March 24, 2009 11:33PM

Tom,
Any specific year explorers to look for?


t.lay
Tom Lay
Grayslake, IL
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Re: Ford 8 " Disc brakes??
Posted by: t.lay
Date: April 08, 2009 09:56PM

Look for 2nd generation explorer stuff - v8 versions had rear disks. Also, if you don't mind not having an e-brake there's a cheap conversion - speedway sells some weld-on caliper brackets for gm metric calipers (like an s-10 pickup's front calipers). Just need rotors with the right bolt pattern (5 on 4.5???) same diameter as the s-10. Should be able to convert for under $200. If you want an e-brake you can use caddy rear calipers. IIRC seville's calipers are what you want. There's a few tech write-ups on the classicbronco.com forum on converting ford 9" rears to discs. The axle tube ends on the 8" are the same as a ford 9".


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