1957 FairlaneOctober 6 2017 at 6:25 AM
Leny Mason (Login LENYM)
Hi, we are going to put disk brakes on the front of a 57, the owner said it has a MEL engine it and he wants to make a good driver, I am wondering if any one has done a brake change and what else maybe a good sway bar, it has over drive now but he would like a not to have to double clutch first gear I will know more later I have not seen it yet. Leny Mason
Scarebird has a decent set up
|October 6 2017, 8:37 AM |
Hi Leny. I put a scarebird spindle brackets on my sons 63 Ford Galaxie. Pretty economical and easily accessed parts. Just a simple bolt on bracket with a spacer for wheel bearing. We used 70 Mustang rotors/ bearings and gm (metric) calipers. We're also able to use OEM 15"x 6 1/2" steel wheels. No complaints.
|October 6 2017, 5:30 PM |
on my 57 & 58 fairlanes I used 1977 t-bird spindles etc. I believe the brake hoses were off a Granada. I bought front and rear sway bars from thunderbird southwest, I believe they sold out and are under another name now.
Re: disc brakes
|October 6 2017, 8:21 PM |
I have yet to install them, but after doing some research, I bought a Wilwood disc brake kit for the front of my 59 2 door sedan. These retain the origional factory drum brake spindles, and come with aluminum 4 piston calipers, new vented rotors (drilled and slotted rotors are also available), and brackets engineered to work with the stock spindles. I do have a pair of 77 Thunderbird spindles with caliper assemblies I had planned on using, but they are very heavy, I also looked into the Scarebird kits, but the brackets looked a bit light duty, and I didn`t want to have to use GM calipers.
As for sway bars, I believe that Quickor still offers sway bar kits for 57-59 Ford cars.
|October 7 2017, 4:49 AM |
I will look into them all. Leny Mason
77 T Bird
|October 7 2017, 11:52 AM |
These will bring a camber issue into play.The car would need to be lowered or changes made with the upper control arm axle.
|October 7 2017, 6:38 AM |
I bought a 73 Torino wagon disc set up for my 58, but haven't installed it yet. That is "supposed" to be a bolt-on too. We will see.
Sway bar can be had here
|October 7 2017, 2:12 PM |
Wow what a resource
|October 9 2017, 5:33 AM |
It looks like they have every thing for these cars. Leny Mason