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Old 03-06-2010, 09:26 AM   #1
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Default Disc brake conversion for 1956 ford fairlane

Well I know i can use granada brakes and all that for my car, I just dont have the time to go to the junk yard and pull these parts and get them reamed out to fit my car. So i typed in 1956 ford disc brakes on ebay and a kit popped up for $699. Yes it seems a bit high but its a complete bolt on kit. I was going to copy and paste it in here but for some reason my computer is acting up again. Anyway, the seller said i might not be able to run 14's, why is that? Well if anyone here can give me any indo on that, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:02 AM   #2
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I belive my old 54 customline used the same front suspension and it has granada discs and spindles the guy I bought it from had already done it and said it bolted straight in. Its been on the road for years now with no problems. I would rather spend a day at the wrecking yard than spend $700 but im also cheap.
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:05 AM   #3
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Yes so am i, well not too cheap haha. I just dont have the time. I dont even know what year granada or what they even look like nor do i know what all to take and what would work on my car. This kit is all brand new with: master,booster,proportioning valve,brake pads,calipers,caliper brackets,brake lines and all hardware. Im probably missing something.
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:12 AM   #4
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Default Re: Disc brake conversion for 1956 ford fairlane

No knowing the kit you're looking, but there are bracket kits out there that use the stock spindles...then you can put the rest of the kit together with off the shelf parts store goodies. And a dual master cylinder from a Granada/Monarch has the same hole layout as our mid-late 50's Fords (if you don't use the booster, you only have to rework the brake lines off the master cylinder.

I saw this done on a '55 T-bird.

And the Monarch/Granada years are 1976-1980
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Default Re: Disc brake conversion for 1956 ford fairlane

Thanks bigred. I just really dont have the time to hunt everything down.
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Its like late 70s I think mine was out of a 78. Mercury Marquis and Linclon Versailles were the same. Mine had everything from the car including the rear brakes master cyl and proportioning valve but you could put in aftermarket parts.
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Oops, Monarch is right
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:39 AM   #8
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. Anyway, the seller said i might not be able to run 14's, why is that? Well if anyone here can give me any indo on that, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Just a simple case of the caliper being too big to fit inside of the 14" wheel. But, since there are plenty of variations in wheel design, you might find one that works, or perhaps look for a caliper with a slightly different design. Because parts like these are almost always made by outside vendors there can be some differences in areas not controlled by the functional design.


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Old 03-06-2010, 10:43 AM   #9
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Damn..Well i guess i cant run my supremes then..
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Old 03-06-2010, 11:35 AM   #10
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So here is an interesting fact from the past,1954-56 Fords had some of the shortest stopping distances in the Motor Trend tests from back in the day,Why? because the shoes have a large contact area.The shoes on your '56 are the same shoes used on the '67 & '68 Mustang big block cars (front) and the '61 to '67 F-100 trucks (rear) You do not need to waste your money on disc brakes! You can get a new power brake booster and bracket and dual master from an ebay supplier for $175,if you want about 20% less fade and less drum wear check your yellow pages for a clutch and brake shop and have your drum brake cores religned with Kevlar.Now you have a win,win solution your Supremes will fit and you won't be on your hands and knees cleaning that nasty disc brake dust off your wheels and you will have an extra $500 bucks in your wallet to buy some fun stuff.
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Jeff you are awesome! I will have to find them on ebay then.
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:50 PM   #12
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Default Re: Disc brake conversion for 1956 ford fairlane

Granadas and Monarchs came stock with 14" wheels so a stocker swap is doable. It will depend what the kit is based on whether 14's will work.
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Old 03-06-2010, 04:19 PM   #13
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Default Re: Disc brake conversion for 1956 ford fairlane

Well i will have to figure what is best for my situation.
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:02 PM   #14
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Late '70s and early '80s big LTD's had 14" wheels, those should clear whatever disc brakes you have.
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Old 03-07-2010, 09:35 PM   #15
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Default Re: Disc brake conversion for 1956 ford fairlane

I will just have to find the brake components then and hope my 14inch supremes fit
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Old 03-07-2010, 09:46 PM   #16
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You almost have to buy online. 99% of the Granadas (if they even show up in the yard) have the front brakes and rear diffs pulled BEFORE the cars go in the yards. Core buyers and overseas buyers have made deals with the yards to get first dibs.

Maybe not the deal in all areas, but SO Cal..pretty much it.

The 14" Supremes are possibly made to clear the caliper..so all hope is not lost there..Until you install the brakes..then you will know.
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Old 03-07-2010, 09:50 PM   #17
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Damn.. So i might aswell just buy the kit online then..
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Old 03-07-2010, 09:54 PM   #18
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FWIW,

I have discs on my 55, it is a Master Power Granada based setup.

IT SUCKS ASS.

The F'n car does not want to stop, no pedal travel..this shit was put on new by the previous owner.

I'm tempted to remove it.
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:00 PM   #19
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Default Re: Disc brake conversion for 1956 ford fairlane

I had grandas on the 57 and stopped like a champ. I used a GM master tho.
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Anyone want to sell me a good kit?
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