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February 28, 2016 at 4:16 pm #11774
Can anyone advise or have personal knowledge on whether there are “Self Adjusting” kits to add to my ’62 F85?
Also I recently decided not to switch to front disc brakes; the weight of the all aluminum engine doesn’t really cause me to be alarmed about stopping. I have, however, considered relining my shoes with “vintage racing” liners from Porterfield Racing Pads in Costa Mesa. all I do is send them by worn shoes and the size of my rotors ….I’ll let you know how they turn out.February 28, 2016 at 5:08 pm #11775
See my posting from about 2 months ago on self adj brk conv. I think it answers your questions.February 28, 2016 at 6:52 pm #11776
You might want to check out with the reliner how the racing linings work. I may be wrong about the linings you reference but most racing pads or shoes are made to work at the higher temps generated by heavy breaking at high speeds. They need to warm up to work right and street driving doesn’t do it. You may find they perform worse than standard linings with normal driving.February 28, 2016 at 7:35 pm #11777jensenracing77Participant
Some racing shoes are also softer and don’t last as long. Not sure if these are or not but you may ask them.February 28, 2016 at 10:40 pm #11778
Thanks for the great advise about the racing pads…makes sense. Planning on replacing my brake fluid and replacing my brake lines this week do I stay with rubber brake lines? are stainless brake lines over kill?February 29, 2016 at 9:01 am #11779
I switched over to disc brakes up front and went with the braided stainless as part of my package. They have a little less expansion and may result in a firmer pedal but new rubber lines should be perfectly fine, especially for drum brakes.I also replaced all the orig hard lines with a stainless set from In Line Tube. Yes they have pre-bent steel or st steel lines for 61-63 F85s. They fit perfect but sent me the wrong front to back line first time. I called them and sent pics of my orig and they matched it up and sent the correct one. Had to fab a couple of small lines due to my disc brake conversion.February 29, 2016 at 2:15 pm #11780
Sounds great. I decided every time I do a repair I will expand the scope to try to include changing out peripheral components (hoses and clamps) and repainting…..I will definitely look into the SS solid brake line tubing.February 29, 2016 at 2:32 pm #11781
I was also planning to change from a single master cylinder to a dual, while keeping my original drum brakes, I thought it be wise to convert my master cylinder for safety reasons.February 29, 2016 at 4:03 pm #11782
I went to a dual res MC when I switched to front discs so the MC is designed for Disc/Drum. You can see the MC in the conversion from my post on Disc Brake Conversion from a little over 2 months ago. It is fairly small so it worked well without much clearancing. It might work with drum/drum if you set up a proportioning valve for that purpose, I’m not really sure. I think most everyone is running the stock single res MC if they keep drum brakes but I also like the idea of a dual MC-maybe someone has done it out there.
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