In 1964, the Ford Motor Company introduced arguably one of the most popular cars ever in the Ford Mustang. Over the years, these cars have been everything from a simple cruiser to a full-on race car. They are timeless and seem to fit everyone’s requirements for what a cool car should be. While they may look good and are loved because of that, they suffer from the same thing that many cars suffered from back then and that was what we know of today as quality disc brakes. There were some exceptions to the rule during this time but for the most part, the vast majority of the Mustangs produced up through 1973 came as a drum brake equipped vehicle.
Enter Master Power Brakes. Our specialty is bolt-in disc brake conversion kits for classic cars. The Mustang is hands down one of our specialties that we take great pride in. It doesn’t matter if you have a 1965, a 1973 or anything in between, we have a disc brake conversion kit that will fit your need.
Our most popular option of several that we have is the Legend Series front disc brake conversion kits. Starting at just $789.00, the Legend Series is a complete brake system that features OEM style cast-iron calipers and vented rotors. Our Legend Series system doesn’t compromise braking performance or quality but does keep in mind a customer’s budget and gets the most out of those dollars.
So what makes up a Legend Series Disc Brake Conversion kit for a Mustang and why should you choose Master Power Brakes? There are several ways to look at a conversion kit and what components make up the heart of the kit.
Our thought is to look at what the system is supposed to be doing. As we all know, when the brakes are applied, movement of the vehicle is converted to heat through the application of the brake pads against the rotor. Therefore, the rotor is one of the most important elements within the brake system and where we put our initial thought. On our Mustang kits, we use as thick a rotor as the caliper will allow. It does require an additional step by the customer to make verify the caliper is centered over the rotor but the benefits are well worth it.
The thicker rotor allows for larger center veins to move more air through the rotor and provide additional cooling along with more material construction to get more heat out of the rotor under braking conditions. An additional benefit is the pistons have to travel a shorter distance within the caliper body which improves the brake pedal feel across the application of the brakes and the life cycle as well.
While we are mentioning the calipers, this allows us to discuss one of the other crucial components in the system. The brake caliper we have chosen for the Mustang applications is based upon the caliper used in the factory disc brake Mustangs when discussing the Shelby cars. It is a cast iron 4-piston caliper and utilizes a stainless steel piston and an attractive zinc finish to prevent corrosion. The stainless pistons provide a material that won’t rust over the lifetime of the caliper and also have a further benefit of being able to dissipate heat quicker than a plated steel piston. All of the brake pad hardware in the caliper is made of stainless steel as well. The crossover tubes are a plated steel tubing.
Attaching the caliper is the next step in discussing the components. Instead of going the cast iron caliper mount like the factory chose, we have elected to manufacture a much more consistent and better-looking CNC machined billet aluminum caliper mount machined from 6061 aluminum. This assures a true surface for mounting the caliper and the anodized black finish will last for the remaining life of the vehicle. All of the hardware included in the system is the best available in Grade 8 hardware. After that are the other essential items like wheel bearings, seals and dust caps.
Just like the rest of the system, we are provide a high quality component that will provide years of performance. As with almost all of our other applications, the Mustang systems are available as just the components at the front wheels or as a complete front disc brake system configured as either Manual or Power. The complete Manual system is comprised of everything at the front wheels plus the addition of an OE style master cylinder with a 1” bore, the Combination Valve, hardlines from the master cylinder to the combination valve and an Adjustable Push Rod.
If a Power system is desired, the system will include the power brake booster for cars with either a manual or automatic transmission that will include all of the necessary mounting brackets and other accessories needed to install it in the vehicle. In addition, you will also receive the proper master cylinder, the combination valve and hardlines from the master cylinder to the combination valve.
Follow the link below to your rides specific year. Select your options such as ‘Front Wheel Components Only’, ‘Manual Brake System’ , or 'Power Brake System' and either a standard or performance kit type.
If you are like most of our loyal customers your Mustang is one of the most important investments you have. So treat yourself to the best in aftermarket performance. New brakes are one of the first mods you should consider…and a model specific kit with everything you need to upgrade your brakes is only a click or call away.