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Re: Front disc brake conversion (Scarebird)

Post by fiat1100 on Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:25 am

In one of the posts somebody says that we can use the 1989 Mitsubishy Galant 14" front disks for the Buick. will it match my 15" wheels ?

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Re: Front disc brake conversion (Scarebird)

Post by regal81455 on Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:16 am

The Galant ( rotors ) disks are 11" in diameter, they are the specified rotor for the scarebird conversion.  You shouldn't have any issues with a 15" wheel.

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Re: Front disc brake conversion (Scarebird)

Post by fiat1100 on Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:42 am

thanks Regal, and will the main brake pump will match the space?

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Re: Front disc brake conversion (Scarebird)

Post by regal81455 on Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:57 am

By brake pump do you mean master cylinder ( attached to firewall ) or caliper ( attached to scarebird bracket )? I'm going to presume you mean MC.

The OEM master cylinder will not be enough for the disc conversion -- you will need to replace it with a dual master -- seems the jury is still out on which one is the best fit both in form and function.

I've tried three different ones and finally settled in on a Wilwood 260-8555 for no other reason other than I think it's the best of both worlds but beware you do have to make some modifications for it to fit. I think this is the case for all the MCs though -- none are going to "fit" without some massaging.

I'm getting ready to plumb the new lines here soon and will add pics as I progress.

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Re: Front disc brake conversion (Scarebird)

Post by fiat1100 on Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:20 am

Hi Regal. what I meant is if I can use as well the mc from the Mit.Galant to install in my car?

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Re: Front disc brake conversion (Scarebird)

Post by regal81455 on Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:34 am

No. The Mitsu MC to my knowledge will not work -- the scarebird instructions listed a MC or two they suggest. I wasn't happy with the fitment and as seen on this thread the consensus is still out on which one is the best -- it's far from a perfect conversion, as others have mentioned it requires a fair bit of forward thinking to complete.

If you re-read the thread you will see that there are at least three OEM style MCs used by three different people. I think so far the ones used by other members here are as follows:

1960 AMC Rambler
1980 Ford Fairmont
01-05 Chevy S10


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Re: Front disc brake conversion (Scarebird)

Post by fiat1100 on Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:46 am

txs so much sir.

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Re: Front disc brake conversion (Scarebird)

Post by 62cutlassconvert on Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:10 pm

I used an 80's Ford Fairmont manual master cylinder with a 7/8" bore. Minimal trimming of the frame required for fitment, Scarebird specs it to use, but it does seem to have a "long" pedal. (Very few miles on the brakes at this point) In other words it takes a considerable amount of pedal travel before the brakes firm up. So maybe a bigger bore would bring the pedal up. Manual brakes typically use a smaller bore MC than power brakes.

Interested to know how the Fairmont MC is working out for Keithg, see his earlier posts.

Regal, how did the Willwood fit and be interested in performance when done-1" bore or?

See earlier pages for pics of various MCs used. You should use a Disc/Drum MC of some kind. Baer Racing makes a very short MC, the Remaster, that comes in 15/16" or 1" bore and would fit really nice BUT it's like a lot of money.


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Re: Front disc brake conversion (Scarebird)

Post by regal81455 on Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:04 pm

62cutlassconvert wrote:Regal, how did the Willwood fit and be interested in performance when done-1" bore or?

I'll try to remember to get some pix of the wilwood unit in place.  I had to do some trimming of the seam along the bottom and of the cross brace to get it to fit.  Wasn't a huge deal but wish there was a drop-in.  The ReMaster is definitely a nice unit but based on the size shown on the spec sheet it might too still require some cutting.  Hard to tell till you have it in hand.

I bought the 1" bore unit -- supposed to be good for both power and manual brakes -- a member from the yahoo group indicated he went from the AMC MC to this unit and it improved the pedal feel tremendously -- figured I only want to mess with this once so I bucked up and spent the money after trying two separate OEM style MCs.

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Re: Front disc brake conversion (Scarebird)

Post by keithg on Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:22 pm

Well, I am still driving my CPP front calipers with the fairmont master. The pedal is too long for my tastes as well. I would recommend the AMC as it is 1" and would give a stiffer pedal. I do not know how it would be with the stock GM calipers as they are smaller bore than my CPPs, but my gut feel is that the fairmont would be too long for those as well.

I have been looking for a 1-1/32 master. I ended up buying one for a Ford pickup but have not put it in. I have a feeling it is too long, but have not trial fitted it. It is not yet on my short list, yet as the brakes work and are light years better than stock even with a long pedal.

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Re: Front disc brake conversion (Scarebird)

Post by 62cutlassconvert on Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:01 pm

Yeah, I'm running the stock S10 calipers and seem to have the same issue. Looked on Dorman and it does show a front disc applicaton for a 1976 CJ7 for that AMC MC. Might well be the option.

How is the bolt up pattern on the firewall?

Before I go through the considerable effort to replace the Fairmont MC I'll drive the car awhile. Just don't like such a long pedal.

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Re: Front disc brake conversion (Scarebird)

Post by keithg on Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:31 pm

I am not sure about the AMC master cylinder bolt centers. I had to widen the fairmont bolt center a bit to fit the Buick. Is it 3.125 or 3.375 on the Buick, I cannot remember. The AMC may be correct width as it dates back to the 60s before the auto makers started the metric conversion.

I worried a bit about the disc/drum versus drum/drum when selecting a master cylinder, but as far as I can tell, there is no difference in the master and all I worried about is 1) does it have a 'deep piston' (only necessary if you are running manual brakes) 2) which side are the ports on and 3) what is the diameter 4) Does it hit the fender. The only other difference that there could be is the presence of residual pressure valves built into the master. I have read that some masters are supposed to have residual valves on the drum side of the master. Neither of mine have that and none of the ones I looked at had them either.

The Ford 1 - 1/32" does, but it is an extra part and I had to buy a Ford branded one one for about the same price as the whole master to just to get the residual pressure valve. All that and I probably will not be able to use it. Plus, Ford does not even call it a residual pressure valve. They call it a Proportioning Valve! how is it supposed to proportion anything if it is inline with only one of the pressure lines? This is the master I got: Dorman M39634 I do *NOT YET* know how well it will fit.

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Re: Front disc brake conversion (Scarebird)

Post by regal81455 on Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:12 am

Here are the promised pix...took them with my phone so the quality isn't the greatest.

As a side note the bolt center spacing for the MC on our cars is 3.40"  The Wilwood unit has slotted openings.  

As you can see I had to cut a fair portion back.  Right now I'm just roughing everything in so I'll take it all back out - massage it a lil more and throw some touchup paint on it for looks. I'll try to remember to take a pic when it's back out so everyone can see to what the extents of removal were for me.

I included some pix of the prop valve and pushrod I'll be using and some pics showing the disc conversion / suspension install.  Yes, I know I have a handful of cotter pins that need to be bent up but I didn't want to till I knew it was in for the final time.  I'll do that when I go to grease everything.














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Re: Front disc brake conversion (Scarebird)

Post by WillCut on Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:43 pm

Guys.... Does anyone know why kind of studs I should get if im trying to convert my front to 5 lug at the same time? I've got some 65-69 corvair hubs. I ordered a couple of boxes of Dorman 610-114 like suggested here but then forgot you were keeping the 4 bolt pattern.


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Re: Front disc brake conversion (Scarebird)

Post by regal81455 on Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:06 pm

The bolt pattern won't matter. You need to confirm the knurl on the studs you have will provide an interference fit with the corvair hubs, if not you'll have to find a size that is either larger or smaller accordingly.

In my case I ended up using metric studs on my conversion because they kept the head of the knurl short and I was able to find one in an appropriate length and knurl diameter. Just to be safe though I tack welded each one in on the backside of the hub.

I don't recall the part # I ended up with but I do know the total length was about 1.9" long and it was an M12 X 1.50 thread. I think the knurl was around .542

According to Dormans site a Corvair stock stud is 7/16" X 1.5" long w/ a knurl of .472. You are going to want an approx. 2" long stud. You can stick with the 7/16" if you want or you can change -- that is up to you. Your knurl on the new stud needs to be about .48 or so and IIRC have a shoulder height of approx a 1/4".

Hope that helps.

Google wheel stud chart and you should be able to find a listing that shows all the studs available, they're part #s, and all the pertinent info so you can find one that looks like it will suit your needs.

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Re: Front disc brake conversion (Scarebird)

Post by regal81455 on Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:26 pm

Ive been a little slow with the updates lately. The brakes took me awhile to get sorted out where I'm happy with them. Here are some pics of the MC fully installed.

Pedal is great, couldn't ask for much better with manual brakes if you ask me.

Part of what took so long was waiting on the SS lines to be made up -- I bent romex wire to shape and then sent it off to have the pcs formed for me by Inline Tube -- they did great.

Additionally, I've wired and confirmed the brake lights work well with the switch provided and installed on the proportioning valve.

Next up - finish bending cotter pins and greasing the new front end. Touch up some paint around the ball joints that was marred during installation. Cut the rear springs ( gonna start with 3/4 coil to see how it sits ). Then I should be ready to take it in for an alignment.





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Re: Front disc brake conversion (Scarebird)

Post by keithg on Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:06 am

Looks nice! When I get around to brakes again, I'll probably try a 1". I did some more looking and am pretty sure the 1-1/32 master I have will not fit. I'll just ebay it.

As for the brake lights working, mine did as well. It is just that when coasting to a stop sign with enough pedal to slow the car, but not a hard stop, my switch would not turn on the lights. I had a couple people tell me that my brake lights did not work and I checked and they did work. This is why I wired up a pedal switch. I feel much better with that as it turns the lights on when I move the pedal, not after sufficient pressure in the hydraulic system is available to flip the pressure switch. The Wilwood switch may be a lower pressure threshold, but I do not know. The pressure switch activated brake lights appears to be a common problem for hot rodders, too, and they suggest a Harley Davidson switch with a lower pressure threshold or a pedal switch. The HD switches are pretty expensive and I wanted to give the people behind me a bit more warning about my intentions, anyway.

YMMV,

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Re: Front disc brake conversion (Scarebird)

Post by regal81455 on Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:24 am

I agree on the switch part Keith -- I haven't had it out of the garage to test yet -- wife pushed the pedal though for me and it appeared from what I could tell that it came on almost the moment she pushed the pedal. I know you mentioned you had a really long pedal -- with the Wilwood MC the pressure on the pedal is almost instantly there, maybe that has something to do with it?

I will definitely report back once it's back OTR. If needed I'll had a pedal switch too just like you did -- don't need anyone riding in the back seat less I let them lol

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