A question that our customers occasionally ask us is, “why do some disc brake conversion kits include a replacement spindle and others don’t?” Although there isn’t a simple way to answer this question, there are important aspects of spindles that are worth discussing.
For some of us, we have been fortunate enough that we have been able to enjoy our classic cars much later in the year than normal. Others were forced to put them to bed quite some time ago. If you are one of the few that has enjoyed the fall and early winter months but are now looking to put the car away for a short period of time, you probably are still going to follow your traditional checklist for winterizing your vehicle. That will include a wash and wax, a fuel stabilizer for the fuel system, changing the oil and all of the other normal stuff.
We are here as a reminder to say…………don’t forget the brake system!!
Thinking about upgrading your car’s braking system? Check out MPB’s Pro-Driver video. This one-and-a half minute video gives you the complete back story on what makes Master Power Brakes’ Pro-Driver Series the ultimate stopping tool for your vehicle with 17” or larger wheels.
The video uses a cut-away wheel to let you clearly see how the calipers look mounted and all the advantages in upgrading your brake system to our Pro-Driver Series brake system!
Our Pro-Driver Series is specifically designed for the customer who wants the ultimate braking inside their 17" or larger wheels using American-Made components and a system that comes with bolt-on simplicity. All of this is available for the most common GM, Ford and Mopar applications including some GM trucks.
We have been asked a number of times if there is such a thing as a manual disk brake conversion kit? The simple answer is yes. The power booster component almost exclusively affects how your brake pedal "feels" to you under foot.
In a situation where your classic car has multiple drivers, some of whom are used to the "foot feel" of power brakes - maybe they spend most of their time driving a newer car or light truck - a power-assisted brake pedal can makes it easier to go between vehicles. The power booster allows you to maintain relative consistency with how much pressure to apply when stopping either of the two vehicles.
You DO NOT NEED to upgrade or convert to a power assisted apply system, however, when making the upgrade to disc from drum brakes. Recently, we got an email from a customer planning on making that drum to disc brake conversion but interested in sticking with a manual set-up.
"Dave" has a '66 GTO he uses as a daily driver and wanted the enhanced performance and stopping ability of disc brakes. But as the sole driver of the car, Dave was comfortable with the pedal effort the manual brakes currently required and wanted to keep that same level of brake feel.
Traditional hot rods simply can’t have modern looking parts. Ask anyone in the hot rod segment of our hobby. They will agree. The true hot rod enthusiast requires vintage looking systems that deliver modern era performance. It is safe to say that on a hot rod, there are even a few systems more important than the brakes.