Named to tap into the nation’s fascination with newly created space program, the Ford Galaxie was an instant classic that combined performance and value with distinctive styling. Manufactured in model years 1959-1974, the Ford Galaxie was a full-sized car designed to compete with the Chevy Impala. Older Galaxies are in decent supply, so Ford enthusiasts have been able to acquire these classics for reasonable prices in recent years. We just heard from the owner of a 1963 Galaxie looking to upgrade his drum brakes, and since there are so many of these cars on the road, we figured it made sense to share some advice with our readers.
In the past year or so, the 1963-1972 Ford trucks have definitely become a hot commodity. Master Power Brakes has always had and provided a disc brake conversion solution for these trucks, but our kits included a spindle from a later application that required removal of the king pins during installation. This is not the end of the world but it does mean an additional step that nobody enjoys--especially if king pin replacement isn’t necessary. The spindles from our older kits have become very difficult to obtain so we decided it was time for a change. Our new front disc brake conversion kits for older Ford trucks are a huge improvement!
Converting your 1965 Mustang from drum to front disc brakes is a weekend upgrade project that will improve braking reliability and performance for years. Like most muscle cars from this era, the 1965 Ford Mustang came equipped with drum brakes off the assembly line. There are some enthusiasts who insist on keeping their cars as close to the original look and feel as possible – and we get that.
At the same time, there are a number of reasons why folks convert from drum to front disc brakes.