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Old 01-05-2016, 09:32 AM   #1
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Default Conversion to front disc brakes

I am getting ready to put front disc brakes on my 51 f1.

I was planning on going with the kit from ECI. However, I have read some mixed reviews regarding how their products fits.

I was checking to see if Wilwood sells a kit but cannot find one but thought that they did.

Would welcome opinions on the ECI kit or a part number for a Wilwood kit if one exists. Thanks.
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Old 01-05-2016, 09:59 AM   #2
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I don't know about those kits, but Speedway Motors makes one that uses off the shelf parts. What I don't like about a lot of disc brake conversion kits is you have to buy that companies parts. At least with the Speedway kit, it uses 70's GM Calipers and 70's-90's Ford F100 rotors. (Part # 916-31986)
On my 41 Tudor I am going with the Speedway kit.
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Default Re: Conversion to front disc brakes

Take a look at the kit from Magnum Axle Co, in Fresno ,Ca.
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Old 01-05-2016, 11:07 AM   #4
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Try Chassis Engineering. They did make a kit that uses the bigger rotors and the bigger GM calipers instead of the smaller metric calipers. I used one on a truck chassis to get the 5.5 bp and it worked really good with a manual MC.
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Old 01-05-2016, 06:15 PM   #5
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Default Re: Conversion to front disc brakes

Yes, I had a problem with the bearing adapter in the ECI kit. However,I have a lathe and the fix was quite easy. Now that could be just one considence, because others have had no trouble. The ECI kit uses all OEM parts.
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Old 01-05-2016, 06:18 PM   #6
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I don't know about those kits, but Speedway Motors makes one that uses off the shelf parts. What I don't like about a lot of disc brake conversion kits is you have to buy that companies parts. At least with the Speedway kit, it uses 70's GM Calipers and 70's-90's Ford F100 rotors. (Part # 916-31986)
On my 41 Tudor I am going with the Speedway kit.
Just did my 41 woodie with speedway kit. Works fine.
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Old 01-05-2016, 06:22 PM   #7
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Default Re: Conversion to front disc brakes

I'm kinda old school, but mostly cheap and never buy the kits. I buy these cheap brackets, modify them to bolt to the spindle.

http://www.speedwaymotors.com/Shop/D...ackets/12.html

Often you can use your old hub and just fit an off the shelf rotor hat over it, like I did on the econoline axle in my rpu. For those applications where that isn't possible, like on my buddys 37 Ford pickup, we just used an S-10 rotor. Get the spindle measurements, the hub measurements and go to the bearing store for a bearing and seal. On the 37 spindles with S-10 torors we did have to have a spacer machined. Even with all new parts, this is maybe a $200 mod.
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