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Old 07-27-2011, 09:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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"Taxi" vs regular for brake parts

Hey guys,

I've been reading this forum for a bit but finally need some help.

I'm getting ready to rebuild the brakes (all drums) on all corners of the my '65 LTD and as I've been shopping around for parts I've noticed that I can find some parts listed under taxi for much less than the non-taxi parts.

Logic tells me that taxi parts should if nothing else be built for greater abuse than regular parts, but is this correct?
example:
https://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/C...+50026+2026048
https://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/C...+50026+2026048

Will the "taxi" parts work?

and one other question, has anyone used the dearborn drums and are they any good?
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Thank you guys! I'm excited to spend wayyyy too much time working on my car and reading up on here.
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: "Taxi" vs regular for brake parts

I'm not sure what "taxi" means unless those shoes are longer or wider which might be the case. Such as the police or 427/hi-po cars had the wider 3" shoes vs the 2 1/2" shoes of most everything else. Not sure with a '65 if that's the same deal as '64 or not. But this will at least bump you to the top.

You can get drums at Autozone and other local parts stores for probably less unless dearborn is selling NOS or something which would be higher.
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: "Taxi" vs regular for brake parts

Go to the store, have them put both sets up on the table... and see if there's any difference.
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: "Taxi" vs regular for brake parts

Thanks to both you guys.

I'm definitely on the 2 1/2" side of things for drums/shoes. And I plan to TRY to eyeball the "taxi" parts vs the regular but I'm not sure they'll both be in stock yet. I've convinced myself they have to be the same so I'm going for it.

And surprisingly drums are more expensive through autozone/kragen/napa/etc. They're at least $60, and dearborn has them for $40?
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Re: "Taxi" vs regular for brake parts

brake cylinders in links you posted , have diffrent bore sizes

and by looking at them you will not be able to tell the diffrence....

but if a miss matched set is installed...car will dart right and left then applying brake...
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Re: "Taxi" vs regular for brake parts

I noticed the bore difference, I'll definitely be consistent with the same size all around. Plus I was thinking the brake pressure (or just pressure in general) is force/area. Smaller area (7/8" vs 31/32") should create more brake force?

I'm going to pick up the taxi rear wheel cylinders (and other stuff) today, so I'll post back in here if there's anything weird about them in case anyone else runs in to the same thing.
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Re: "Taxi" vs regular for brake parts

smaller cyl. bore will give you less brake force. smaller master cyl. bore will give more force. i think taxi, wagon, police, and vert use the bigger shoes/drums
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Re: "Taxi" vs regular for brake parts

Whatever you do... When it comes time to do the work... Only do ONE side at a time. That way, you'll have something to go by when you get confused.

Plus, all four shoes aren't necessarily the same. There can be two different sizes on each wheel. Match them up carefully before you begin the installation.

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Re: "Taxi" vs regular for brake parts

The Ford part manual shows that the 65 taxi came with C3AZ-2001-A on the fronts (11"x3") and C3AZ-2200-A on the rear (11"x2 1/2"). The wheel cylinders were all the same for A body drum cars from 65-68 (1 3/32")

I didn't look up the drums but i assume they have to be larger to fit the larger pads, but I am not sure.
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The six cylinder powered taxi cab used the Police squad car parts for brakes, and a hevtier frame (what there was) and heavier tranny. I heard they were expected to go 100,000 miles w/o maintenance. They ought to thus be bigger, and more expensive than the common old brakes, but that doesn't always work out.

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The Ford part manual shows that the 65 taxi came with C3AZ-2001-A on the fronts (11"x3") and C3AZ-2200-A on the rear (11"x2 1/2"). The wheel cylinders were all the same for A body drum cars from 65-68 (1 3/32")

I didn't look up the drums but i assume they have to be larger to fit the larger pads, but I am not sure.
The drums would be different or you run into the backing plate being an issue also and they do sell 3" and 2 1/2" drums. At least for '63/64.
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Re: "Taxi" vs regular for brake parts

Shotrod64, my parts manual only goes from 65 to 72, all body styples except trucks.

I did go back into the manual looking into the drums for the 65 and I believe the front drums were the same physical size, but had a 3 1/4" machined surface for the wider shoes, that was the note listed with the CXAZ for Police/Taxi/427 cars. It looked like the rears were the same.

By the way, the Taxi model had aluminum drums and used C3AZ-1102-E drums where all the other models with 3" shoes used steel drums C5AZ-1102-A.
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Re: "Taxi" vs regular for brake parts

That's good to know. I wonder how difficult it is to find those aluminum drums these days?
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