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  • 1955 Ford Customline Front Disc Conversion

    Hello,

    I have a 1955 Ford Customline with drum brakes that I have recently had converted to power brakes. After the conversion, the brakes are now very touchy. I barely have to push the pedal and the brakes really take hold. The mechanic that did the work said I should convert to front disc brakes (with a proportioning valve) to alleviate this condition. However, I can't find a conversion kit that will work. The problem is made worse by the fact that the car has 14 inch wheels. Speedway has a kit for 15 inch wheels, but they say it won't work with 14 inch. I really don't want the expense of converting to 15 inch wheels and tires. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

  • #2
    Now, I have never converted drum to power brakes, nor disk, but I'm wondering if you can't use that same proportioning valve to limit the front drum brakes? Also, had a brain fart, if you have the adjustable proportioning valve you could even adjust to suit.
    You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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    • #3
      Thanks for the tip. I'll look into that.

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      • #4
        may need to supply a it more info re power brakes.that is a pretty road statement the more known will help in troubleshooting.master cylinder booster pedal ratio etc
        Last edited by fifty-four; 07-17-2020, 10:37 AM.

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        • #5
          Solved the problem of the touchy brakes. Separated the master cylinder from the brake booster and adjusted the booster push rod all the way in (towards the booster). That did the trick. Evidently the push rod was too long into the master cylinder and pushing into it all the time. This also caused the master cylinder to "over travel" (if that is a term) applying maximum braking to all the wheels when pushing the brake pedal just a little bit. There are a number of YouTube videos about this push rod adjustment.

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          • #6
            Great to hear. Always like good news and another way to solve a problem.
            You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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