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Old 12-02-2011, 01:17 PM   #1
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Default 1958 Ford Fairlane Disc Brake Conversion

I have a 1958 Ford Fairlane with factory drum brakes. I am dropping a 390FE motor in it and want to be able to stop. I am having trouble finding disc brake conversion compatablity (without spending $1,00+ on the front end alone!). I would like to do the whole car. Is there anything in the junkyard or at AutoZone that I can just get and attach it too? I would prefer to just get a new master cylinder, calipers, brakes, etc at Auto Zone or something like that. Then, I can have new parts. I don't know what's compatible. Any help out there in cyberland?
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:31 PM   #2
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Default Re: 1958 Ford Fairlane Disc Brake Conversion

I did a conversion years ago on 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 using Granada spindles. It is a cheap and easy conversion. Your 58 is of couse identical to the 57.
Here is a link to what is involved and parts needed.
http://www.57fordsforever.com/mags/a...newsletter.pdf
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:33 PM   #3
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Default Re: 1958 Ford Fairlane Disc Brake Conversion

We used to get the 12" brakes off of a Buick and adapt them. it worked fine as i recall. There is a falla now that has some buick backing plates he doesn't need. nocero is his name he would probably let them go cheap then it would be just a matter of funding drums. 90 fins usually go pretty cheap and if you are not running open wheel the extra fins won't really matter.
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:38 PM   #4
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Default Re: 1958 Ford Fairlane Disc Brake Conversion

I appreciate that. If I go to Buick though, I can't use my current wheels....or can I?
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:40 PM   #5
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Default Re: 1958 Ford Fairlane Disc Brake Conversion

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I appreciate that. If I go to Buick though, I can't use my current wheels....or can I?
Redrill the drums. That's what I do.

Just thought I would give you an alternative. Something we used to do before everyone had a disc brake conversion.

Another option is Merc brakes or brakes from an FE fairlane. Our Merc when we were kids was MEL powered and the stock brakes stopped it fine. We did make sure that they were up to par and because we drove it hard in the mountains a lot we ventilated and scooped all 4 brakes.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:13 PM   #6
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Default Re: 1958 Ford Fairlane Disc Brake Conversion

Any 70's Torino, T bird or Couger spindles will bolt on.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:40 PM   #7
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Lots of Helpful info here! Thanks guys!
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Old 12-02-2011, 03:01 PM   #8
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I have a 74 Gran Torino Ranchero core. Will they work?
I'd love discs on my 57 Ranch Wagon.
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