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News about -61 diskbrake coversion??

Postby Bigswede » Sun May 14, 2006 3:12 am

Any news on convert a-61 to disks,anybody done it? And what parts is required....i know the subject has been on the table before.But i haven`t found any reel answers!Please help!
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Postby jleonard » Sun May 14, 2006 3:50 pm

I did it. It works great. I designed some custom parts, and put a LOT of research into finding the right combination. I have considered paying for a production run of the custom parts and offering a kit, but it's expensive. I figure about $950 for the kit - and that's only if I order a decent sized production run of the custom parts.

So far, haven't had anyone interested enough to make me feel I won't get stuck with a few thousand dollars of custom parts in my garage. Sorry.

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Postby MATRIX » Mon May 15, 2006 8:39 am

jleonard wrote:I did it. It works great. I designed some custom parts, and put a LOT of research into finding the right combination. I have considered paying for a production run of the custom parts and offering a kit, but it's expensive. I figure about $950 for the kit - and that's only if I order a decent sized production run of the custom parts.

So far, haven't had anyone interested enough to make me feel I won't get stuck with a few thousand dollars of custom parts in my garage. Sorry.

- John


Any chance of emailing me some pics :D

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Postby jleonard » Mon May 15, 2006 2:40 pm

Here you go:

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Postby action » Mon May 15, 2006 3:02 pm

John,

What did you use/do for spindles?

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Postby jleonard » Mon May 15, 2006 8:09 pm

Action,

I used the stock spindles. No modifications, cutting, or welding required. Actually a pretty quick bolt on.

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Postby black63lincoln » Mon May 15, 2006 11:14 pm

stock 64 spindles fit a disk?
whats the secret recipe for rotors that fit?... :smt017
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Postby jleonard » Tue May 16, 2006 6:16 am

Custom rotors.

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Postby action » Tue May 16, 2006 11:35 am

I can see creating rotors to fit. What holds the caliper?


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Postby jleonard » Tue May 16, 2006 4:16 pm

Custom bracket. :)

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Postby action » Tue May 16, 2006 4:24 pm

jleonard wrote:Custom bracket. :)

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Now that has to be very special!

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Postby DB » Tue May 16, 2006 4:33 pm

Is the caliper a stock part? Are you proposing $950 for the entire bolt-on kit? Or is that just for the custom caliper bracket and rotor? The question of front disks comes up pretty often, seems like you'd be able to sell more than a few over time. I wonder why the Usual Suspects don't sell something similar?
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Postby jleonard » Wed May 17, 2006 9:33 am

The $950 is for a complete kit. Everything required at the wheels: brackets, calipers, rotors, hoses, bearings, seals, hardware, semi-metallic pads, etc. Doesn't include loctite and brake fluid.

A disc brake master cylinder and proportioning valve are also required.

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Postby black63lincoln » Wed May 17, 2006 9:58 am

john, have you road tested your new brakes?
how did they compare in stopping performance?
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Postby jleonard » Wed May 17, 2006 10:46 am

I have tested the new brakes and they work great, although I have not measured before and after stopping distances. I designed for a stopping distance equivalent to road test data from the '65 Lincolns. The parts are sized to acheive that goal, but I have not confirmed. If it ever stops raining here, I'll see if I can find a spot to run the test.

I don't want to run afoul of the forum rules on this discussion by turning this into a sales pitch for the brake kit. I apologize if it's already gone too far down that route.

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