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Old 03-07-2010, 10:03 PM   #21
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I had grandas on the 57 and stopped like a champ. I used a GM master tho.

Kit has GM master, booster that all those kits come with 7" or so.
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:14 PM   #22
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I need to get all of this soon. The car is going to the shop for air ride this weekend.
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Old 03-08-2010, 07:27 AM   #23
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I found some granada brakes on ebay just not sure if they are the right ones. Damn computer wont let me copy and paste.
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Old 03-08-2010, 07:36 AM   #24
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'72-'78 Torino, Montego 14" wheels should clear your calipers with no problem.

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Old 03-08-2010, 07:56 AM   #25
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I definately dont wont to run those wheels. Or are you saying since they are 14s that supremes will fit?
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:20 AM   #26
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master power brakes on my 59 ford ranchwagon went with the small power brake booster due to the closeness to the 292 , dual master and everything else was around $750. also i understand about the junkyard right . my time is precious between work, family, and stuff. most of the junk yards around here may have 1 old car but mostly 90's and ricers .so going to them is a total frustrating waste of time. my kit didn't have the right pushrod to the pedal( ford's brighter idea not to make things more standard) but M.P.S. customer service was good and they got the part out right away
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:22 AM   #27
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My old man put spindles and discs from a early 70's ford australian falcon on his 56 Victoria. I *think* from memory they might even lower the front by an inch too. I believe the aussie ford falcon of those years is what you guys call a granada :-)

The aussie car he used them from looks like this, so if you find a granada that looks like this, i guess your in with a chance :-)

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Old 03-08-2010, 09:05 AM   #28
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I sell a complete bolt on kit for $525, you don't have to change spindles. check my website.
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Old 03-08-2010, 09:40 AM   #29
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I sent you a pm hotrod428
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:42 PM   #30
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Since i have never had problems with these brakes i think im going to stay with the manual drums
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:58 PM   #31
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My old man put spindles and discs from a early 70's ford australian falcon on his 56 Victoria. I *think* from memory they might even lower the front by an inch too. I believe the aussie ford falcon of those years is what you guys call a granada :-)

The aussie car he used them from looks like this, so if you find a granada that looks like this, i guess your in with a chance :-)


That looks like our 67 and 68 Falcons. I think in 69 or 70 they made few Falcons but they looked like Mavericks.
None after that.
Our Granadas are a boxy sort of car nothing fancy at all. They went from 74? or 75-79 if you want brakes, the 80-81 models were different.
Mercury Marquis of the same years was the same brakes.
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Old 03-09-2010, 05:29 PM   #32
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hotrod428 brake kit looks like a good deal.
Here in NZ we use early 70s to late 70s falcon stubs and brakes , must be the same as granada as the fit up procedure is the same .I have some on a 57 , it works OK. Put some on a 54 ford though and it didnt work . There must be geometry differences as when it was on the shop floor with no springs to test it out we got horrible bump steer 1/4" or more toe in for every 3/4 travel up. So made my own disc adaption to the original stubs.
With the granada setup 14" steel wheels fit ok. But on my 54 I am using wilwood calipers on 12"dai. 1975 ford rear rotors on the front and the caliper wont clear 14" steels or even 14" mags ( as mags have less step on the inside) The rear is also disc (because i already had this stuff.) this is from a 94 v8 ford and the calipers wont clear 14" rims either.
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Old 03-09-2010, 05:52 PM   #33
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IIRC Aussie Falcon early disc spindles will be the same as 70-73 Mustang/Cougar and 70-71 Torino-Montego. Similar spindles but different brakes.
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:38 PM   #34
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I had 14 inch chrome reverse rims that fit the Granada conversion that I did. Now I have American 14 inch and they cleared ok.
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:11 PM   #35
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I just finished installing spindles and disc brakes off a '72 Mercury Montego on Ozelle the '55 Ford, easy swap. Later found a '68 big LTD with front discs, appears to be same as what I pulled off the Mercury Montego. Bigger rotors and calipers than the Granada setup. Hardest part was getting the ball joints apart to remove the original spindles. Parents bought the car new, original ball joints still on it. Never had been apart.
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:45 PM   #36
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Get in touch with this guy, he will be glad to help ya:
http://www.dropnstop.com/
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Old 03-12-2010, 12:59 PM   #37
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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
I got basically the same kit that you are looking at on ebay. Straight bolt on with no problems. Granada spindles, rotors, calipers, dust shields, bearings, seals, booster, master, and prop. valve.
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:19 PM   #38
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Can anyone tell me which NON-power dual master cylinder would be the easiest installation (and best braking) for my stock '56 Squire (292 FOM)? Also, I'd like to keep the drums. While I like originality I think maybe I'd be more comfortable with a dual cylinder after all.... Thanks.
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Old 05-23-2010, 11:43 PM   #39
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Can anyone tell me which NON-power dual master cylinder would be the easiest installation (and best braking) for my stock '56 Squire (292 FOM)? Also, I'd like to keep the drums. While I like originality I think maybe I'd be more comfortable with a dual cylinder after all.... Thanks.

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Old 08-24-2010, 09:17 PM   #40
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One benefit of the granada swap is that it is supposed to lower the front of the car a couple of inches. At least that is what I have read. Can anyone confirm that?
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