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Old 09-25-2008, 08:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Galaxie spindle interchange

Hey guys/gals,

I have a 66 with 4 wheel manual drum brakes. There is a 71 galaxie with power disc brake setup for sale in my area. I have a few questions even after reading several threads about swaps.

1) Does the 71 stuff bolt right in on the 66?

2) What changes are required if not direct bolt in?

3) I have aftermarket 14" ET torque thrust style rims with new tires and do not want to change, will the 14" rim fit over the 71 set up and clear the caliper/disc?

4) The car also has newer front and rear coil springs set up for the same engine are they both a direct swap?

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Old 09-25-2008, 10:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you want "junk yard" disc brakes, a really good option is to get them off of:

1974-1979 Continental
1974-1979 Cougar
1974-1978 ford pass
1977-1979 LTD II
1974-1976 Montego
1974-1979 T-Bird
1974-1976 Torino

All of these cars should interchange with your Galaxie with little or no trouble or modification. Just be sure to grab all the parts from one car so you'll have a matched system. Also any disc brake system from any car in the "galaxie family" other than the ones above should fit however with the car you mentioned you will probably encounter one issue, the steering arm on the disc brakes for later Galaxies (not listed above) including the LTDs and country squires is thicker than the standard Galaxie steering arm so when the tie rod goes through the hole you will be able to install the nut but not the pin. the fix is to grind about 1/16" to 1/8" off of the top of the steering arm. I did this on a pare of brakes I sold and all worked well.

Your 14" rims will probably not fit unless you modify the calipers and/or you use a spacer between the hub of the rotor and the rim and even with a spacer they may not fit I had to do both on my Mustang to get my 14" ETs to fit and the Galaxie probably has bigger brakes. A good rule of thumb but my no means an absolute is you want the rims to be 4" bigger than the rotors.

I don't know about the coil springs
Let me know if you have any other questions or if I can help in any other way
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Old 09-25-2008, 11:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Do your self a favor and just buy the kit that bolts right on to your original spindels. If you look back at the disk brake swap posts you'll find that people have problems with positive camfer with the spindel swap I know that it's a problem for my 64 anyway!
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Old 09-25-2008, 12:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Do your self a favor and just buy the kit that bolts right on to your original spindels. If you look back at the disk brake swap posts you'll find that people have problems with positive camfer with the spindel swap I know that it's a problem for my 64 anyway!

Where are you getting this info??? All these cars use the exact same spindle geometry. the only way there could be issues is if you are getting the discs from another model like the Granada
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1974-1979 Continental

1974-1979 T-Bird

Certain model ELITES
Just a quick reminder, the above use the same spindle but also use a 5 X 5" bolt pattern hub. The FORD hub/rotor (5 X 4 1/2") will interchange.

The 73/ TORINO (low trim models) used a 14" steel wheel that will work on the 11" discs.
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Old 09-25-2008, 02:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I didn't realize there was a bolt pattern difference... that is good info to have Thanks!!!!!
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Somewhere a while back someone discovered a difference in something with the swap but he wasn't sure what determined this difference. Even in the same make/model/year of car I believe. Wish I could remember who that was that was looking into it.

I'll have to do a search and see if I can find the thread. I might be remembering it wrong.
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Somewhere a while back someone discovered a difference in something with the swap but he wasn't sure what determined this difference. Even in the same make/model/year of car I believe. Wish I could remember who that was that was looking into it.

I'll have to do a search and see if I can find the thread. I might be remembering it wrong.
There is a TECH ARTICLE available describing the differences in early/late spindles. Although they have the same Casting I.D. No., the 77/79 BIRD was drilled differently on the upper ball joint stud so that more camber can be dialed in on an early swap.
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I didn't realize there was a bolt pattern difference... that is good info to have

Thanks!!!!!
Let me qualify the above, the 73/76 BIRD used the LINC pattern and the 77/79 BIRD used the smaller FORD.
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don't know if this helps or not but it is some info I did a complete comparison (measured from every direction) of some disc spindles from a 72 country squire, the disce brake spindles currently on my 62 which came from a 77 T-bird and the 62 drum spindles that came on my car from the factory, and the only differenced aside from casting #s, and differences for braking parts (rotors, calipers, and or drums and shoes) was the country squire steering arm needed to be milled down to properly except the early tie rod. the steering and suspension geometry was identical on all three sets of spindles.
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You can avoid the spindle milling if you run 1970 Galaxie tie rods. I have them on my 62. They have the factory thread size for the sleeve and everything.
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