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Tech Talk with Master Power Brakes

Can I Get Away Without A Complete Drum To Disc Conversion?

Posted by mpbrakes1 on Nov 18, 2015 5:40:35 PM

Recently, we wrote about converting manual to power brakes whether your car originally came from the factory with drum or disc brakes. We received several follow up questions from people with drum brakes looking to upgrade to better braking - but trying hard to stay on a budget.  Since the hardware at the wheels and brake lines can remain untouched after converting to a power assisted pedal, we were asked, "Can I just add a booster and new master cylinder to my car?"  Essentially the questioners were asking whether the booster master conversion kit or the complete brake conversion kit was their best solution.

Of course, like the answer to a lot of questions, it depends!

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Topics: disc brake conversion kits, Converting From Drum to Disc Brakes, Drum to Disc Brake Conversion

Why the Most Expensive Brake System Isn’t Always the Best Choice For Your Classic Car

Posted by toby on Feb 5, 2015 4:06:13 PM

When customers inquire about upgrading their classic car’s brake system, all of our team members are trained to start the conversation with simple questions.  We ask about the vehicle’s application,  how the customer drives the car, and wheel size.  We take this approach because as a classic car owner, you have lots of brake systems options.  Our team wants you to purchase the kit that best suits your needs, and more importantly, keeps you safe.  A recent call from the owner of a 65 Mustang and the discussion that ensued is case in point.  During our chat, the Mustang owner showed interest in our Pro-Driver series with slotted and cross drilled rotors, asking if the extra dough spent on this kit would give him more stopping power.

From there, we started asking all of the right questions. The customer mentioned he had a really nice set of wheels --he sent a picture like a proud papa, and they were definitely worth using.  He also wanted a brake conversion kit that had some visual presence behind the wheels. While looking at the pictures, our customer also mentioned his wheels came in at 15”. Well, this last detail changed everything.

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Topics: classic cars, disc brake conversion kits, Mustang Disc Brakes, vinatage cars, Converting From Drum to Disc Brakes, Disc Brakes

"How To" Video Series: Installing Disc Brakes On A 62 Impala

Posted by toby on May 7, 2014 4:00:57 PM

All of our disc brake conversion kits are bolt-on solutions, but have you ever wondered if you can tackle an install project on your own?  We filmed a  1962 Impala disc brake conversion to show just how easy it is to convert an older GM or any classic from drum to disc brakes.   When you view the video, pay particular attention to the closing credits, and as always, if you have questions before or during your installation, just give us a call and we'll be glad to lend a hand.

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Topics: classic cars, disc brake conversion kits, GM, 1962, Chevy, Impala, Videos

Justifying the Cost of a Disc Brake Conversion Kit

Posted by toby on Apr 30, 2014 10:23:45 AM

We recently received a note from the owner of a 65 Mustang asking us to justify the cost and expense of converting his car from drum to disc brakes.  We field this question on a regular basis, so we thought it made sense to share our thoughts with our readers.

Most classic car owners are willing to invest large sums of money on custom paint jobs, new interiors, and re-built or upgraded engines restorations.  At the same time, many of these same owners balk at investing restoration funds on new brakes.  Obviously, we think this is a mistake, but even if didn't sell brakes, we would urge classic car owners to consider swapping out inefficient drum brake systems for disc brake technology. 

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Topics: classic cars, Disc Brake Conversion Kit, disc brake conversion kits, drum brakes, Safety, Disc brake Kit, Drum to Disc Brake Conversion Kits

Drum to Disc Brake Conversion Kits for 65-72 Ford F100 Trucks

Posted by toby on Apr 25, 2014 9:46:57 AM

For many years, folks associated restoring a 60’s to 70’s era truck with the Chevrolet C-10 option. Ford’s have always had a loyal following, but for a variety of reasons, we see increased interest in older F100’s.  There is an abundant supply of spare parts for these vehicles and the selling prices at auctions, and the car corrals are reasonable.

If you are lucky enough to own one of these workhorse classics, you may be tempted to buy used brake parts during restoration, but let’s be honest—trucks are heavier than their sedan counterparts, and the original drum brakes found on older F100’s aren’t well-suited for today’s driving conditions.  Instead of going the salvage route, consider a disc brake conversion kit from Master Power Brakes.

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Topics: 1967, disc brake conversion kits, Ford, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, classic trucks, F100

Shop Install News: Rallye Series Disc Brake Conversion Kits Now Available for 1958-68 Impala

Posted by toby on Feb 27, 2014 4:29:23 PM

Currently, we have a beautiful, ’62 Impala belonging to a local customer sitting in our Mooresville, NC facility. We met the owner of this classic last year at a local Goodguys event and he was interested in upgrading to disc brakes. Although we have a Legend Series kit that would have worked great on his car, our customer was looking for a bit of an upgrade….a little more style….and additional performance too. 

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Topics: 62 Impala, Company News, disc brake conversion kits, front disc brakes, Disc Brakes, rear disc brakes, Shop News

Disc Brake Conversion Kits for the E-Body Dodge Challenger: 1970-1974

Posted by toby on Feb 27, 2014 4:25:02 PM

The E-Body Dodge Challenger was a late but popular pony car response to the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro that came with a wide variety of trim and option packages, including virtually every engine in the Mopar lineup. Challengers built between 1970 and 1974 represent an important slice of American automotive history, so for our Mopar faithful, we manufacture front disc brake conversion kits and rear disc brake conversion kits for vehicles manufactured from 1970-1974.

We recently received a customer note asking about options for a 1970 Challenger, so we figured we should share our response with all of you Mopar fans out there.  We manufacture three different disc brake conversion kits designed specifically a 1970 Dodge Challenger.  Each kit comes as a bolt-on solution, so you won’t need to make modifications during installation, and we have options for every budget and driving style.

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Topics: Disc Brake Conversion Kit, disc brake conversion kits, Front Disc Brake Kits, mopar, Rear Disc Brake Kits, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, Challenger, Dodge, E-Body

Converting the Chevelle to Front Disc Brakes

Posted by toby on Jan 20, 2014 6:00:49 PM

The Chevelle is without question, one of the most popular mid-sized Chevrolets ever sold.  Outstanding performance, great style, and an affordable sticker price made this GM legend one of the most recognizable icons from the muscle car era.   If you attend just about any car show anywhere in the country, this timeless classic is typically one of the most common mid-size vehicles in attendance. For all of these reasons, we felt it was important to offer Chevelle front disc brake and rear disc brake conversion kits for vehicles manufactured from 1964-1972.  We recently received an inquiry from the owner of a 1968 Chevelle asking about available front disc brake conversion kit options, so we figured we would share our answer with our readers.

The good news is that Master Power Brakes specializes in make/model/year specific front disc brake conversion kits that are designed specifically for our reader’s 1968 Chevelle.  Just like with other makes/models, we have three available options.

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Topics: 68, Chevelle, Disc Brake Conversion Kit, disc brake conversion kits, Front Disc Brake Conversion Kit, GM, 1968

Should I Update My Classic Car?

Posted by toby on Dec 11, 2013 8:42:04 AM

This is one of those age old, heated debates with no right or wrong answer.  At the end of the day, the decision to upgrade your car depends on a variety of factors.  Is your car a daily driver or a trailer queen that hitches rides to shows?  Is your classic one of those rare, numbers matching originals?   How important is resale value?  Safety?

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Topics: brakes, classic cars, Disc Brake Conversion Kit, disc brake conversion kits, fronmt disc brake conversion kits, muscle cars

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